Baseball trying to score home run in university
Priyanka Rawat, the baseball team captain of IP College for Women, swings her ‘John Cena’ confidently not just on field but also outside. It was in 2006 that she was gifted her first baseball bat by her coach and she named it after her favourite WWE wrestler.Updated: Jun 02, 2015 17:00 IST
Priyanka Rawat, the baseball team captain of IP College for Women, swings her ‘John Cena’ confidently not just on field but also outside. It was in 2006 that she was gifted her first baseball bat by her coach and she named it after her favourite WWE wrestler.
“Owning my first baseball bat was a matter of pride. Just like Cena’s finishing moves my bat never fails to earn us a homerun,” Rawat said.
Rawat has been playing baseball for over five years now and says that it is encouraging to see more and more colleges in the university introducing baseball for students.
“The best part is that almost all the girls’ colleges have a baseball team all of which are doing quite well,” she said.
Most DU colleges in the past two years have made space for a baseball pitch along with providing the necessary equipment to its players. Delhi University also has a team with the best players from all colleges and has been topping the charts in various national and international matches.
Despite the sport being a hit among players and spectators within the university, coaches and the managers feel that a lot still needs to be done for the sport.
“Slowly, the scenario for the sport is improving but a lot needs to be done. Students selected through the sports quota still opt for cricket, football and tennis as their priority. Those selected also feel that they made it to baseball team because they are not good enough,” said Ashwini Thakur, who is the DU coach for baseball. He also trains teams from IP and Laxmibai colleges.
Seema Singh, head of department (sports), IP College however said, “We are providing the best facilities to our students. Every college might not have these facilities because the sport requires huge investments and has a high maintenance cost.”
Despite showing brilliant performance in tournaments within and outside university, all the students who do not have a sports background are not aware of baseball being a sport played their colleges. “I didn’t know we have a baseball team. But it is good to know that the college is investing time and energy into sports other than cricket,” said Soojal Trehan, a student of Deen Dayal Upadhaya college.
Jyothi Choudhury, a pass out of Maitreyi collge who now plays club matches said, “During tournaments the crowd mainly comprises of students from the college where the tournament is hosted and players who participate. But outside the university the scenario is worse, unlike other popular sports there is little interest from the general audience.”