One of India’s most talented players, Abhimanyu has become one of the most formidable players on the Indian polo circuit, a player to surely watch out for this season. Despite his non-horsey background, ‘Abby’ as he is fondly known always had a love for horses and at a young age he happened to watch a game in Delhi after which he knew that he wanted to learn the sport and become a pro. A grounded and focused player, Abby has been playing professionally for a decade and has won almost every high-goal trophy including the Indian Open. A regular member of Sona Polo and Team Jaipur, Abhimanyu has also been part of the National side on many occasions.
Considered as one of polo’s most eligible bachelors in the country, Abby is a bachelor no more. He tied the knot in Jaipur last month with Ava Wallington whom he met while he was playing polo in the U.K. When asked how she feels about watching her husband play Ava said, “A mixture of emotions; in love, stressed, proud and excited. I love to watch him play but I’m also quite glad when it’s over and he’s in one piece”.
AP: I began to play polo at the age of 17.
AP: I would try to get into acting I think!
AP: Nothing as such, however, I like to make sure that I am at the ground with my horses an hour and a half before the game so that I can use the time to center myself and become focused.
AP: Definitely playing for Sona Polo in the finals of the General Sparrow Cup in Delhi, where there was a big crowd at Jaipur Polo Ground with the Vice President as the Chief Guest. We went into the final chukker 5-0 down and I managed to score 6 goals in 7 minutes to win the game.
AP: I like to relax and watch movies.
AP: I am not sure that it has quite hit me yet!
AP: I used to play football and basketball, but I only really follow polo.
AP: I feel very fortunate to have worked and built a strong friendship with my sponsor Sunjay Kapur. I learn a lot from him about life and am very grateful to have him as a friend and mentor.
AP: Life is too short, live it!
AP: Quite simple, most days I’m in jeans and a t-shirt but I also like to look smart from time to time.
AP: Mutton Seekh Kebab from Khan Chacha is my favourite thing to eat!
AP: I enjoy a good scotch.
AP: My Tag Heuer watch is something that I can’t live without.
AP: Zambia for the animals, I love going on a safari.
AP: Instagram (@abbypolo)