emulate (v) - to match or surpass typically by imitation.
overawed (v) - impressed so much that they are silent or inhibited
induction (n) - the action or process of including someone to an organization
rigorous (adj.) - extremely thorough and careful
nuances (n) - subtle changes in or shades of meaning, expression, or sound
pursue (v) - follow or chase
stamina (n) - the ability to sustain or prolonged physical and mental effort
cocktail (n) - a mixed drink which is a combination of ingredients such as fruit juice, lemonade, flavored syrup or cream.
kitbag (n) - a long cylindrical canvas bag, (here) used to carry cricket accessories
stride (v) - a step or stage in progress towards an aim
embarrassment (n) - a feeling of self-conscious, shame or awkwardness
melee (n) - a confused crowd of people
transpire (v) - come to be known / revealed
farsightedness (adj.) - showing a prudent awareness of future possibilities
bunked (v) - to make oneself absent from a class or session