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English Reading Comprehension Set 41

Directions (Q.1-10): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them.

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For the third time in six seasons, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings squared off in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) main event. MI repeated its 2013triumph, drawing level with CSK and Kolkata Knight Riders as owners of two titles in the eight-year-old tournament. MI’s success was particularly remarkable because it recovered from four consecutive losses at the start to win 10 of its next 12 matches. Neutrals could partake in the franchise’s joy too, for this win brought glory to the back-room staff that included fan-favourites Ricky Ponting, Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Jonty Rhodes — legends whose understanding of the Twenty20 format is informed by their intimate knowledge of Test and one-day cricket. The presence of such experienced minds in the MI camp helped it override the early crisis. CSK has come to define the tournament, but has now lost its last three IPL finals. While the retention of a core group of players has helped the team become a constant presence in the knockouts – CSK has never finished below the top four – it has failed to guide the franchise past the final hurdle. Nevertheless, the frequent appearance of CSK and MI in the play-offs suggests a correlation between consistency of personnel and the chance of victory. The tournament’s success can be attributed to consistency as well — consistency of both the product and its appeal. Despite criticism, it has engaged, over eight seasons, an audience that has a plethora of entertainment options. According to viewership figures and advertisement rates for television coverage, there isn’t a bigger box office draw for the cricket fan. Buoyed by the support, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has mooted plans to organise a shorter IPL to replace the Champions League T20 event later this year. Despite the participation of the best domestic sides from other major cricketing nations, the latter tournament has failed to excite expert and fan alike. With a revenue model that appears to work in place, the BCCI has been encouraged to believe that two tournaments involving solely IPL teams can coexist. That the IPL has contributed to improving the standards of the Twenty20 format, both domestically and internationally, has come to be recognised; but the fear that it could cannibalise other forms of cricket has not receded. The tournament’s standing continues to be threatened as well. The scandal involving betting and different forms of fixing besmirched its reputation. Suspicions were again raised when the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids and arrested bookies across Indian cities. With India set to host next year’s World T20, it will strengthen its reputation as cricket’s pre-eminent power if its actions protect the IPL from corruption.
-Source, The Hindu, Delhi Edition, 27th May

Q.1.Choose an appropriate title for the passage.
1) Bleed Blue
2) Yellow Brigade
3) The Lion Rules
4) Consistency is the Key
5) The Flop Show

Q.2.Which of the following is true according to the passage?
A) The reason behind the success of this tournament is the consistency of both players and excitement in the crowd.
B) By seeing the crowd response, BCCI is planning to organize a shorter version of IPL in place of the Champions League T20.
C) India will host the next year T20 World cup.
1) Only A and B
2) Only B and C
3) Only C and A
4) All A, B and C
5) None

Q.3.Why the win of the title is remarkable for Mumbai Indians?
1) The win was more remarkable because the MI faced the consequences of injury.
2) The MI lost the first four matches in the start of tournament.
3) The win is more remarkable because it consists of the legends of the cricket in its management team.
4) All of the above
5) None of the above

Q.4.Which of the following is not true according to the passage?
A) Suspicions were again raised when the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids and arrested bookies across Indian cities.
B) With a revenue model that appears to work in place, the BCCI has been encouraged to believe that two tournaments involving solely IPL teams can coexist.
C) With such a bad start, the MI showed the spirit of fighter by winning 11 out of 12 matches.
1) Only A and B
2) Only B and C
3) Only C and A
4) All A, B and C
5) None

Q.5.Which of the following helped Mumbai to excel through the tournament?
1) The return of the injured players in the middle of tournament.
2) The presence of Money as being the team of Mukesh Ambani.
3) The presence of Great legends in the management where one can learn a lot.
4) The Change in the climate and playing condition.
5) None of the above

Q.6.Which of the following is not the synonym of the word “remarkable”?
1) Outstanding
2) Insignificant
3) Inconspicuous
4) Trivial
5) Ordinary

Q.7.Which of the following is not the synonym of the word “recede”?
1) Diminish
2) Dwindle
3) Intensify
4) Subside
5) Abridge

Q.8.Which of the following is the synonym of the word “triumph”?
1) Exultation
2) Jubilance
3) Merriment
4) Exultance
5) Victory

Q.9.Which of the following is not the synonym of the word “plethora”?
1) Cornucopia
2) Overabundance
3) Plentitude
4) Inadequacy
5) Adequacy

Q.10.Which of the following is the synonym of the word “besmirched”?
1) Sully
2) Begrime
3) Smirch
4) Smudge
5) All of the above
Answers:

1. (4)
2. (4)
3. (2)
4. (5)
5. (3)
6. (5)
7. (3)
8. (5)
9. (4)

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