Ashutosh Sharma came away from a Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) camp with a question. "Will Class X have a grading system from this session?" A reply in the affirmative brought a smile to the face.
For those playing age-group cricket (under-16 and under-19), attending school wasn't a possibility given the rigorous practice schedules. As a result, they lost out in the race for good marks.
Nitin Tanwar, Suraj Rai and Vikas Singh Hatwala had no option but to quit studies due to their cricketing commitments. But now, these three and many more like them are back in school in a bid to at least finish Class X.
The shift has come after the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Kapil Sibal, did away with the marking system and introduced grades. As per the new system, the passing marks' margin has been relaxed and students with a minimum 'D' grade can be promoted to the next level.
"I like to study but I don't think I can score high marks," said Rai, who is currently attending the U-14 camp at the DDCA.
"This (grading system) has come as a relief, I'll definitely prepare for my 10th board in the coming session," he said. Hatwala, an under-19 player and a student of Vidya Jain School, echoed Rai's views. "I can score on the field but not in the exams, it's very difficult," he said. "But this year I appeared for the 10th board and passed." he smiled.
Rohit Lakra, a leg spinner and student of Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Bharat Nagar, has written his board exams in the hope that he will get the required grade to take him to the next level. "If I get the grade I expect, I will certainly continue to study while pursuing cricket," he said.
Naman’s ton in vein
New Delhi: Naman Sharma (109) and Sachin Rana’s 5 for 49 went in vein as Deepak Sharma (75) and Tarang Gupta (77) helped Rohtak Road Gymkhana beat Air-India by 11 runs and enter the final of the Om Nath Sood tournament. Brief Scores: RRG 253 all out (T Gupta 77, D Sharma 75; S Rana 5/49, S Chaudhary 2/40) beat AI 242 all out (N Sharma 109, S Khan 75; S Solanki 2/2).