The manual punctuation master

In a day and age where technology in cricket is changing at a rapid pace, Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) manual scoreboard operator Pradeep Kumar is happy to swim against the tide. He calls himself the ‘master of manual scoring’ and may be the last of his kind in the sport.

Pradeep fell in love with the knight’s game after some of his friends introduced him to it more than three decades ago. Since then, he has always wanted to be associated with cricket. He first became a referee before taking a “job” as a manual scorer.

Sharing his thoughts on his passion, he said, “I just love cricket. I have no wife or children, cricket is my family. I can cricket and it brings me up. Cricket will be with me till my last breath. A match shouldn’t stop if the internet goes down or the server goes down. So a manual scorer is very important. I can’t sleep until I come here. This is where my soul resides . I spend my time only at DDCA.”

Having been associated with the DDCA for many years, Pradeep has seen the rise of Delhi cricketers Virat Kohli and Ishant Sharma closely.

Pradeep concluded that he wants to continue working as a manual scorer “as long as I can”.

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(Pradeep Kumar was covered as part of Dream Big Stories powered by Dream11 on Sportskeeda)

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Jennifer Ahdout

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