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In February 1922, one of the greatest polo matches of all time took place in Delhi. Even allowing for exaggeration, no other match has ever attracted such an illustrious crowd: among the 150,000 spectators that day was the future King Edward VIII; Lord Reading, then viceroy of India; Lord Mountbatten, who would become the last viceroy; and 50 Indian maharajas. They had come to watch two star teams, Jodhpur and Patiala, battle for the national championship.

Jodhpur had a 20-year-old grudge to settle from a previous defeat, and duly extracted their revenge. But what made the event significant – and so typical of polo – was what happened afterwards.

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