Cricket a huge hit at DU trials

Aspirants To Be Judged On Basis Of Physical Fitness, Certificates

By Samyukta Maindarkar | TNN

New Delhi: With icons like M S Dhoni and Virender Sehwag, there is no dearth of inspiration for young sportsmen and women. Like last few years’ trend in Delhi University (DU), cricket is the hot favourite for applying under the sports quota.

“Despite having other team sports like basketball and football, cricket is the main sport for which students apply,” said Hansraj College sports teacher, M P Sharma.

DU’s cricket team — which participates in many inter-university tournaments — comprises several Ranji trophy players, said Sudershan Pathak, deputy director, DU sports council.

The popularity of cricket is not limited to just men. Kamla Nehru College boasts of students who have been part of the national women’s cricket team. Said Principal Minoti Chatterjee, “We don’t want students to think sports quota is an easy way to get admission. We judge students on six to seven games like basketball, netball, sprinting and judo, apart from cricket.”

Aspirants are judged by college sports committees comprising the principal, physical education teachers, subject teachers and students. “Students are required to submit their state and national level certificates,” added Chatterjee.

Colleges also take into consideration academic performances of applicants. “Results of last three years are seen. But we keep in mind that marks vary in board classes and a sports-inclined student may have low marks. If the student has a real talent for sports, then poor academic performance is not a hindrance in getting admission,” said Kavita Sharma, sports teacher at Daulat Ram College.

But are these colleges able to provide necessary facilities to train upcoming sports persons? “We have an excellent cricket pitch and a gymnasium. We also have a huge football ground and basketball courts,” said Chatterjee. Daulat Ram College, which has been shortlisted as a training centre for 2010 Commonwealth Games, claims to provide full equipment and kits to its students. While Khalsa College trains its students at other colleges’ grounds as it doesn’t have its own ground.

As per university procedures, 5% of the total seats in a college are reserved for students under the sports quota. Every year, most colleges take 25 to 30 students under the sports quota on an average.

Daulat Ram College: June 16
Kamla Nehru College: June 18
Janki Devi Memorial College: June 15 and 16
PGDAV College: June 16 and 17
Khalsa College: Trials after first cut-off list (to be out on June 26)

*Originally printed in The Times of India’s Delhi edition on June 11, 2007, in the Times City section