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Miranda’s synthetic smash

If you are a girl looking for a college and tennis is your game, set up a match with Miranda House. The same holds true for basketball players too.

delhi Updated: Jun 20, 2009 23:37 IST
Kartikeya Batra

If you are a girl looking for a college and tennis is your game, set up a match with Miranda House. The same holds true for basketball players too.

With the required funds already in its pocket, the 60-year-old college is all set to give its basketball and lawn tennis courts a new shiny look.

The cemented basketball court and the lawn tennis clay court will now sport a sharp synthetic avatar.

"Within this year, we will be able to revamp the two structures," said Dr. Pratibha Jolly, Principal, Miranda House.

The shift to synthetic is likely to please the newbies who had recently taken the sports trial route to secure admission.

"The surface was slippery. It is difficult to play on such a surface. One cannot focus on one's game," said Ishita Bhatia (18), after her defeat during her lawn tennis trial. "There is an immediate need for some restoration."

Suneta Rao, the winner of the match, echoed the same opinion.

"Procuring materials for maintenance of the present clay court is very difficult," said Dr. O.P. Padma, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education at Miranda House.

"We need to upgrade the facilities as sports evolve, and therefore, we took this decision," said Dr. Amita Rana, Associate Professor in the same department.

But Shilpa Dalmiya (21), an ex-student of the college and a national champion in lawn tennis, said that although the surface is a bit hostile, experience teaches players to cope with such conditions.

Basketball players also welcomed the decision.

"The current cement surface causes a number of injuries. Warming up becomes a bit difficult too," said 20-year old Simmy Sharma, who is a regular feature in the college's basketball team. "Moreover, our shoes get worn out really quickly. The new synthetic surface will surely make things better."