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SECTION-A (Reading) (20 marks)
1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:
1.Cricket is a global passion, played everywhere from Test match
arenas to village greens, tropical beaches and dusty back lots. Cricket is the
world's second most popular spectator sport after football.
2.The origin of cricket is somewhere in the Dark Ages. All research
concedes that the game derived from a very old, widespread and uncomplicated
pastime by which one player served
up an object, be it a small piece of wood or a ball, and another hit it with a
suitably fashioned club. Cricket was first recorded in 16th-century England, and
it was played in grammar schools, farm communities and everywhere in between.
But things really took off when 18thcentury nobles realised it was a greatsport.
3.The oldest surviving set of cricket laws date from 1744 – printed on
a handkerchief, naturally.It's now in the MCC Museum at Lord‟s in London. The
oldest permanent fixture is the annual Eton v Harrow match, played since 1805. A
young Lord Byron turned out for Harrow in the first match, though history
doesn't record how poetic – or “mad, bad and dangerous” – his bowling was.
5. The first international match was in 1877 when Australia beat
England in Melbourne. The match was dubbed a “Test”, since the grueling nature
of playing over five days was deemed
the ultimate “test” for any side. But it was Australia‟s first win on English
soil – in 1882 at The Oval in London – that led to matches between the two
nations being christened the Ashes.
Following the defeat, newspapers published an obituary mourning “the death of
English cricket”, adding that “the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to
6. A One Day International (ODI) is a form of limited overs cricket,
played between two teams with international status, in which each team faces a
fixed number of overs, usually 50. The
Cricket World Cup is played in this format. The international one-day game is a
late twentiethcentury development. The first ODI was played on 5 January 1971
between Australia and
England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.(344words)
1.1 Attempt any eight of the following questions on the basis of the
passage you have read. 1x8=80
a. According to the passage, how did the game of Cricket originate?
b. Where can we find the oldest sets of Cricket laws?
c. Which match did Lord Byron play?
d. When was the first international match played?
e. Which countries played that match?
f. Why the matches between Australia and England were titled “The Ashes”?
g. In which format is the Cricket world cup played?
h. When did the ODIs begin?
i. Which word in paragraph no.5 means the same as „exhausting‟?