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emulate (v) : imitate
Mimicry artists emulate the sounds of other peoples.
impact (n) : powerful effect
Alcohol has a strong impact on crimes.
induction (n) : the process of placing someone into a new job or position.
insistence (n) : The act of demanding something without accepting any excuse.
He bought a car because of his wife's insistence.
Involve (v) : to include something as a part of something.
The training programme will involve classes, discussions and debates.
rigorous (adj) : very strict and demanding
nuance (n) : very slight difference
The photographer could catch every nuance of expression on the man's face.
pursue (v) : follow and try to get something for a long time
Ravi pursued the pickpocket for two kilometres to catch him.
priority (n) : something that is more important than anything.
Students should give priority to studies than anything else.
Survive (v) : to continue to exist.
His condition was very critical after the surgery, but he survived.
Swimming is a good exercise to increase stamina.
embarrassing (adj) : as is certain to happen.
embarrassing(adj): making to feel shy or ashamed take something in stride:accept something difficult without letting it worry too much.
inane (adj) : silly or stupid
transpire (v) : happen
sheepish (adj) : foolish
1. Cite instances from the passage that show Sachin's love for cricket even from a very early age.
"From a very early age, I played tennis-ball cricket with my colony friends. I loved watching cricker on TV, and I often tried to emulate the mannerisms of my favourite players."
2. How did Shardashram Vidhamandhir differ from other schools in Mumbai?
Compared to other schools in Mumbai, Shardashram Vidhyamandir gave due importance to the game of cricket.
3. What was Achrekar Sir's first impression of Sachin?
Achrekar Sir thought that Sachin was too young to make the camp.
4. What suggestion of Ajit to Achrekar helped Sachin to overcome his nervousness?
Ajit suggested that Sir should pretend to go away while Sachin was batting and the watch him from a distance.
5. Why did Sachin feel that the schedule of the camp was 'rigorous'?
Sachin had to practise between 7.30 am and 10.30 am in the morning. Then had to com back in the afternoon and practise till late evening.
6. What served Sachin as a very personal coaching manual?
Ajit gave him a note containing some thoughts about batting. It served as a very personal coaching manual.
7. "The system worked well-apart from my pockets." What is the 'system' referred to here by Sachin? ""The system worked well-apart my pockets",
Sachin had only one set of cricket clothes. So he had to wash them as soon as he returned from the morning session. He repeated the same process in the evening so that he could use the clothes in the following morning. This was the system.
8. What did Sachin consider as a kind of safety valve?
Sachin considered cricket as a kind of safety valve to let out his excess energy.
9. How did the one rupee coin help Sachin to become a good batsman?
Winning the one rupee coin gave him immense satisfaction and taught him how to concentrate even when physically exhausted.
10. What helped Sachin to build up physical and mental stamina?
He repeated his rigorous practice right through his summer holidays. It helped him to build up physical and mental stamina.
11. This regular demand was 'a little unreasonable".
a. What was the demand?
b. Why was it unreasonable?
a. He would ask his father to treat him to a special fruit cocktail.
b. He did not realize that his poor parents had to take care of the needs of his brothers and sisters.
12. "One day people from across the world would come and watch you play." Did these words of Achrekar Sir come true? Explain.
Yes. In the course of time Sachin became a world famous cricketer and played cricket in international tests all over the world. Everywhere crowds gathered to watch Sachin batting and bowling.
13. Have you had any experience similar to Sachin's? Describe it.
Once I participated in a coaching camp in athletics. My favourite item was shot-put. During the camp the coach advised me to try in 800 metre race. I did so. The coach gave me sufficient guidance. As a result of any hard efforts, I could win several trophies.
14. Why did Achrekar Sir punish Sachin?
Once Sachin stayed away from daily evening practice to watch an inter-school cricket match. Sir, who was there, got angry and punished him.
15. How did it help him?
It helped Sachin to practice hard enough and become a world-famous cricket player.
16. How often does the speaker play football during winter?
Twice a week throughout the winter.
17. What does he do in Maytime?
He plays cricket.
18. What makes the son of grief glad?
Cricket makes the son of grief glad.
19. Which word in the poem means 'delight'?
20. 'Here stood I to keep the goal' can be written as 'I stood here to keep the goal'. What difference do you notice between these sentences?
In the first sentence verb comes before the subject.
21. One day Sachin bunked his daily evening practice to watch an inter-school cricket match. Achrekar Sir was there. He was angry. What may be the conversation between them?
Sachin : Good evening, Sir.
Sir : Good evening. Why are you here?
Sachin : To watch the cricket match, sir.
Sir : You have evening practice, haven't you?
Sachin : Sorry Sir. I won't repeat it, sir.
Sir : If you practice hard enough, one day people from all parts of the world will come and watch you play.
Sachin : I shall do my best. Sir. Forgive me, sir.
Sir : OK.
22. Prepare a character sketch of Ajit Tendulkar (Sachin's brother)
Ajit Tendulkar loved his brother Sachin very much and helped him in many ways to become a good cricket player. He introduced Sachin to Achrekar Sir. When Sachin failled in his first attempt he insisted Achrekar Sir to give him a second chance. He accompanied Sachin to the coaching camp. He watched Sachin's batting and gave advice to him. He gave a note to Sachin which helped him as a coaching manual. Thus Ajit was very loving brother.
23. Read the notice prepared by Manohar, the School Sports Club Secretary, in connection with the Sports Day Celebrations of his school. There are a few errors in it.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We celebrate the Annual School Sports Day on Monday, the 20thof October, 2016. The G.V. Raja state award winner Mr. Ravikumar has consented to inaugurate the celebrations. The Khel Ratna National Award winner Mrs Ghosh will flag of the school athletic meet. Thereafter follows the school march-past. All the athletes of the meet are requested requested to participate in it. The winners of the meet will be given the championship trophy at the concluding ceremony and so the winning team is requested to be present till the end of the meet. All are welcome. Thank you
School Sports Club

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