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Teachers over the moon at boys’ success

“Silently aggressive” is how Lata Vaidyanathan, principal of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, described her student, Gautam Gambhir — who conquered the hearts of a billion people with his stellar performance at the World Cup cricket final on Saturday.

delhi Updated: Apr 04, 2011 01:39 IST
Joyeeta Ghosh

“Silently aggressive” is how Lata Vaidyanathan, principal of Modern School, Barakhamba Road, described her student, Gautam Gambhir — who conquered the hearts of a billion people with his stellar performance at the World Cup cricket final on Saturday. And, this is not the first time the school is celebrating its illustrious student’s success.

“Gambhir was also part of the T20 World Cup-winning team. Besides this, Kirti Azad, who was part of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, is also an alumni of the school. It is an incredible moment for us,” gushed Vaidyanathan who has been flooded with congratulatory messages since the moment the winning runs were hit. The school is planning to felicitate its star student once he returns to Delhi.

The 2011 World Cup-winning Indian squad has as many as four cricketers from Delhi— Gautam Gambhir, Ashish Nehra, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli. And, schools and cricket academies where these cricketers studied and were coached are brimming with joy and pride.

Recalling Sehwag’s dedication to the game, AN Sharma, who once coached him, said: “He was very dedicated. He would try to master whatever he set out to learn without bothering about how much time it took or what time of the day it was.” An extrovert, Sehwag also played football and table tennis in school and represented his school in soccer at various competitions.

“My first impression of Virat was of a nine-year-old chubby child when he first came to me. Virat was a very keen cricketer and an intelligent student since childhood,” said Raj Kumar Sharma who coached him.

Tarak Nath, who coached Nehra, was always confident that his student would make it to the big league. “He was 12 years old when he came to me for coaching. He was a weak child but had a good technique and was very hardworking,” said Nath.

Nehra’s physical education teacher in school, RS Dabbas, reminisced: “He was an average student. Earlier he studied in Delhi Cantonment government school but later shifted to Salwan Boys Higher Secondary School, which has very good sports facilities.”