Polo in India: a tribute to Maharaj Prem Singh

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Lustre Press, 2000 - Sports & Recreation - 127 pages
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The polo monthly,London.
Jan, 1926
A few remarks about individual players may be appreciated. Moti Singh was probably finest Indian one of his generation under the old off side rule this place was
any thing but a bed of roses. The way he tackled the most truculent and powerful back was a sight for the gods.He could pounce like a panther on player or ball, and if the latter was within the range of goal it generally found its mark. His persecution of backs would have excited the envy of a Lenin,and I would like to see a reincarnation of him hustling some of our complacent elements of today a. The last time I saw him play was in 1918 a shadow of his formerself but still with a sting that was painfully telling.
The famous polo player Thakur Moti Singh Solank
The Evolution of Polo
Robert Ricketts Kept up to data with the development of other games played in England, such as rockers, where an aggressive offensive approach became the norm. Capt. Ricketts increased the conditioning scheme practiced by De Lisle by making the team members play other games, mainly rackets. He also paid attention to the manufacture of mallets, trying to achieve balance with sacrificing strength. The result was a significant improvement in hitting, both in accuracy and in length. With the backing of Maharaja of Alwar, who filled the number 2 position with ease, a good string of ponies was secured. The game’s fast pace was now a given, but they raised the speed to something not seen before on Indian grounds. The Alwar team, completed with Moti Singh at number 1, Ricketts at number 3 and Rao raja Amar Singh at back, was never heaten nor even scriously extended in a tournament during its three-year existence. Captain Ricketts even wore a turban instead of the typical polo pich helmet worn by British officers


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