ICC Test Rankings: Thakur and Woakes gain big, Bumrah moves up a spot

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Dubai, Sep 8 | All-rounders Shardul Thakur and Chris Woakes have made big gains in the ICC Test Player Rankings updated on Wednesday. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah also moved a spot up in the bowlers’ rankings after Indias 157-run win in the fourth Test at The Oval on Monday.

Thakur scored 57 and 60 in both innings of the Test. The twin half-centuries see him jump 59 places to 79th position in batsmen rankings. He has also moved up seven places to 49th in the bowlers ranking after finishing with three wickets in the match.

Woakes, back in an England Test eleven after a year, has also made progress in the rankings. Scoring 50 and 18 in both innings of the Test sees him gain seven places to reach 87th among batsmen. He also jumps three places to 23rd among bowlers after finishing with seven wickets at The Oval. Woakes has also made a re-entry into the all-rounders rankings, jumping two places to be at seventh place.

Bumrah climbed to ninth from tenth in the bowlers’ rankings. Bumrah picked up four wickets at The Oval, especially taking out Ollie Pope and Jonny Bairstow, breaking the back of England’s chase in the final day of the Test. Bumrah now has 18 wickets in the series, just three behind England pacer Ollie Robinson, who moved three places to 33rd in the rankings.

Rohit Sharma, who was adjudged as the Player of the Match at The Oval for his match-winning 127 in the second innings, remains at fifth place but has extended the lead over Virat Kohli from seven to 30 rating points in the batsmen rankings. At 813 rating points, Sharma has achieved his best-ever position and rating points in Test rankings.

England batsman Ollie Pope’s first innings knock of 82 has helped him advance nine slots to 49th position in batsmen rankings. Pacer James Anderson has dropped two places to be seventh in bowlers rankings.

Ravichandran Ashwin continues to be at second spot on the bowlers rankings. But Ashwin, who is yet to feature in the Test series against England, has dropped from fourth to fifth in the all-rounder rankings.

The fifth Test between England and India will take place at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester from September 10. India are leading the five-match Test series 2-1.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal

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