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Do well in Test: Gurus to RP

HEY RUDRA! Best of luck. We know you will do well. Be confident, man! We are sure you?ll give your best?. That?s how Lucknow university teachers wished Team India fast bowler Rudra Pratap Singh good luck, soon after he came out of the examination hall on Wednesday morning. The teachers, however, were not boosting his morale for the BA II exam he was taking, but pepping him up for forthcoming West Indies tour. Physical Education Department teacher Neeraj Jain exhorted him to bowl Lara out.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 00:52 IST

HEY RUDRA! Best of luck. We know you will do well. Be confident, man! We are sure you’ll give your best…. That’s how Lucknow university teachers wished Team India fast bowler Rudra Pratap Singh good luck, soon after he came out of the examination hall on Wednesday morning. The teachers, however, were not boosting his morale for the BA II exam he was taking, but pepping him up for forthcoming West Indies tour.

Physical Education Department teacher Neeraj Jain exhorted him to bowl Lara out. But, Social Work Department teacher AK Bhartiya asked him to go for the kill and earn laurels both for himself and the country.

Like a well-mannered student, RP acknowledged their greetings with a humble smile. “I will try my best to live up to the expectations. Certainly, I’m looking forward to Lara, but one must never forget that he is one of the greatest batsmen the world has ever produced. Taking his wicket will be a dream come true,” he said.

Several examinees wished him success for the forthcoming tour. A few students spotted RP when he chatted with newspersons on the lawn outside the Social Work Department. They rushed to him for autographs and RP obliged them all.

When asked how well he prepared for the exam, RP said, “Well, honestly speaking players get very little spare time. I tried to make the most of it by reading some chapters and important notes that were made available to me.”

“Writing for three hours was difficult, but somehow I managed it. The questions were a bit long, but I answered almost all. Teachers were very supportive and helped us relax. It was a good learning experience.”

So are you expecting a Man of the Match award in the exams? Pat came the reply: “There is no harm thinking of that. If you ask me, then I will even say I’m eyeing 90 per cent marks. All my papers are now over and it’s time for me to concentrate on the forthcoming trip to the West Indies.”

RP said he believed that institutions should provide more and more facilities for players so that they could complete their formal education. “I’m happy LU has taken the initiative by making special arrangements for players,” said he before signing off from the campus in a Scorpio.

RP was not the only special examinee. Ranji player Ravikant Shukla, a BA IIIrd year student was also there. The media chatted with RP and Shukla quietly left the campus. Earlier, all-rounder Suresh Raina (BA III student) appeared in the LU final examinations last month.

First Published: May 11, 2006 00:09 IST