According to the parents, cricket and studies can't go together; but cricket lovers think otherwise. The students say that it is possible to keep a tab on the scorecards along with studies.  

The internet and smartphones give the choice of repeat telecast of matches, thereby making it easier for students to catch the action later.


In the modern era, students can get access to live scores while studying as advent of technology has made it very easy to get ball-by-ball update. In fact, they can even watch the matches on phone while studying simultaneously.  

The DTH service provides the option to record live telecast of cricket matches which can be viewed later on. This way, students don't have to defer studies. Rather, they can postpone watching the recorded matches. This will not hamper their preparation for exam. So, you can enjoy the mega clashes of your favourite teams after you are done with the studies.

Very portable FM radios are also available. You can listen to live commentary using ear-phones without disturbing others.        
   
About a decade back, you could only watch either the live telecast or the highlights on the National channel Doordarshan, or listen to the running commentary on All India Radio. Examinations and cricket matches at the same time meant complete withdrawal from radio and television and students were forced to completely concentrate on studies.

Also, the parents were very strict in those days. Many a times cricket lovers were scolded during examination. Since there was no recording option one had to wait for the next day's newspaper. Also, cricketing magazines were the only option to peep into the lives of cricket stars. On some occasions, parents used to lock television sets in store rooms for the full period of examination. Such was the craze of cricket loving students.

When India won its first World Cup in 1983, only a few could catch the live telecast as television had not entered every household.

JPN/Raju Kumar

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