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Srikkanth embarks on a new innings, turns teacher

Brett Lee starts his run-up and releases a 140kmph delivery at Sachin Tendulkar. The master blaster responds with a delectable straight drive and the ball races to the boundary. KV Lakshmana reports.

cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2010 00:54 IST
KV Lakshmana

Brett Lee starts his run-up and releases a 140kmph delivery at Sachin Tendulkar. The master blaster responds with a delectable straight drive and the ball races to the boundary.

Former captain and chairman of national selectors, Kris Srikkanth, sees concepts of physics and mathematics in Tendulkar's strokes and is using them to teach school students.

In the straight drive past the bowler, Srikkanth finds a reflection of Newton's third law of motion (every action has an equal and opposite reaction), and captures this in his pet project — teaching science and mathematics through sports.

Srikkanth's innings as an educator has just begun and for this he wants to use the medium that binds India — cricket.

Breaking down a complex concept into a simple step-by-step process, the former cricketer applies cricketing analogies to scientific concepts and packages them in a manner that interests children.

"This is a pet project of mine," said Srikkanth on Monday after launching the portal, www.edustrokes.com, which has pre-recorded content on concepts of science and maths for primary and secondary levels, prepared with the help of educationists.

Apart from cricket, disciplines like football, tennis, golf and badminton are the other elements that he injects into the teaching of science and maths.

For example, he uses a comparison between Wimbledon and French Open to explain the concept of friction.

"The best thing is the flexibility in timing and scheduling for the student, who can do it at his pace and time," said Srikkanth.

He added, "I have not done a market survey or studied a business model. It is more like my batting. I am drawing from my rich cricketing experience to put together a model for the students to benefit from," he said.