IPL 2021: Uncapped Indian players to watch out for in UAE leg


New Delhi, Sep 14 | The second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL) gets underway in Dubai from September 19. While some players went from uncapped to international caps in the break between the first and second half, many youngsters will be using the platform provided by IPL to showcase their potential. We take a look at some uncapped players who are looking to continue their high impact from the first half of the tournament.

Avesh Khan (Delhi Capitals)

Matches: 8, Wickets: 14, Economy Rate: 7.70

The 24-year-old made heads turn with his great performances in the first half of the tournament. Bowling with the new ball and in the last five overs, Khan exhibited his control and calmness in both phases. His performances led him to be the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2021. He has bagged 14 wickets at an economy rate of 7.70. He was rewarded with a stand-by call for the Indian team’s tour of England. But an injury to his left thumb in the County Select XI vs Indians in Durham ruled him out of the tour. With a slow return to full fitness, Khan will be hoping to find his groove back and maintain his good showing in IPL.

Arshdeep Singh (Punjab Kings)

Matches: 6, Wickets: 7, Economy Rate: 8.18

The 22-year-old left-arm pacer was instrumental in a dramatic Punjab Kings victory in their opening match of the tournament against Rajasthan Royals in Mumbai. Sanju Samson, with his unbeaten 119 off 63 balls, had brought Rajasthan to the threshold of victory. But Singh registered match-winning figures of 3/35, defending 13 runs in the final over and getting Samson caught on the final ball of the over to seal a narrow four-run win for Punjab. With his good showings, Singh was taken in as a net bowler for the white-ball tour to Sri Lanka in July. The stint with the national team will spur Singh to do well for Punjab in UAE.

Harpreet Brar (Punjab Kings)

Matches: 2, Wickets: 4, Economy Rate: 5.42, Runs: 29, Strike Rate: 152.63

The 25-year-old left-arm spin all-rounder made a big splash in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. With the bat, he made an unbeaten 25 off 17 balls coming at seven. With the ball, Brar turned the match on its head. Though Virat Kohli hit him for a six on the first ball, Brar had the last laugh by disturbing Kohli’s leg-stump. On the next ball, he smashed Glenn Maxwell’s off-stump. In his next and last over, Brar had AB de Villiers caught at extra cover to finish with a match-winning 3/19. Brar’s 11 overs in the IPL since 2019 went for 106 runs with no wickets. But on May 1, he had wickets coming in non-stop fashion. With IPL in UAE, Brar will be itching to make all-round contributions for Punjab.

Shahrukh Khan (Punjab Kings)

Matches: 8, Runs: 107, Average: 21.40, Strike Rate: 127.38

The 25-year-old batsman may not have left a big impact in the first half of the tournament. But chipped in with some cameos for Punjab. In the match against Chennai Super Kings, Punjab was reduced to 26/5 in the fifth over. Khan came in at sixth and stabilised the Punjab innings with a 36-ball 47. Though he missed out on his maiden IPL half-century, his knock propelled Punjab to go past 100. Shahrukh recently turned out for Lyca Kovai Kings in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), scoring 210 runs in eight matches at an average of 52.50 and strike rate of 177.96. If Khan comes into his finishing elements, then he can turn out to be a crucial cog in the wheel for Punjab.

Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Matches: 7, Wickets: 17, Economy Rate: 9.17

The 30-year-old is currently the highest-wicket taker in IPL 2021 with 17 wickets from seven matches at an economy rate of 9.17 and best figures of 5/27 in the opening match against Mumbai Indians. Bowling his four overs mostly in the death overs, the purple cap holder was in his elements with his slower balls and variations on slow pitches of Chennai for RCB. Though he went for runs in the later matches, the right-arm pacer will be hoping to carry his breakout showings of the first phase to the second leg in UAE.

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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