IPL 2021: Morgan, McCullum proud of KKR fightback

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Dubai, Oct 16 | His team may have lost the IPL 2021 final to Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs, but Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan and chief coach Brendon McCullum were proud of the way the team fought back in the second leg of the tournament and reached the final.

Two-time IPL champions KKR were languishing in seventh place among eight teams and were on the brink of elimination from the playoffs race as they lost five of their seven matches when the event was held in India before an outbreak of Covid-19 among players forced postponement for a few months.

In the UAE leg of IPL 2021, Kolkata won five of their seven matches and then two games in the playoffs to reach the final.

On Friday, chasing a stiff target of 193 set by Chennai Super Kings, KKR made a superb start thanks to openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer and were 91 for no loss at one stage before they lost wickets at regular intervals to finally end with 165/9 in 20 overs, losing the match by 27 runs.

However, Morgan and McCullum had all the reasons to be proud of their team.

“We are extremely proud of the fight we have shown. The character and fight is a trademark,” said Morgan, who will now lead England in the T20 World Cup, during the post-match presentation

Coach McCullum said, “We are super proud of what all the guys did. Congratulations to Super Kings, and their leaders. Just an amazing journey, and some things we can remember for a long time. When you fall at the final hurdle, there is always a sense of what if.”

Both Morgan and McCullum hailed the franchise owners for their support to the players and team management.

“Our owners — Shahrukh (Khan), Venky (Mysore, CEO) — have been absolutely outstanding,” said Morgan.

Said McCullum, “Big shout out to the owners, they give us immense support.”

McCullum and Morgan credited the young Indian players in the team for their huge role in the turnaround in fortunes of the team in the second leg.

“The way the guys stepped up and performed — particularly the young Indian guys — was amazing,” he said.

Morgan agreed and picked out Gill, Iyer, and middle-order batsman Rahul Tripathi for their outstanding performance. Tripathi suffered an injury while fielding in the final and came out to bat despite the pain.

“Guys fought incredibly hard and performed. Iyer and Gill have been outstanding. Ventakesh is new to this platform. They have been the cornerstone of our batting. Tripathi left everything out there today. Unfortunately, he picked up an injury.”

With a mega auction scheduled ahead of the 2022 season, McCullum hoped that he would continue to get the chance to work with a number of these players.

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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