Ish Sodhi, not Mitchell Santner, should be in the New Zealand playing XI: Dipak Patel


Dubai, Oct 19 | Former New Zealand spinner and middle-order batter, Dipak Patel, wants tweaker Ish Sodhi in the Black Caps’ playing XI for the ICC T20 World Cup ahead of the current left-armer Mitchell Santner.

Patel, who played 37 Tests scoring 1200 runs and taking 75 wickets, and is the current spin-bowling coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) side Kolkata Knight Riders, felt that Sodhi has emerged as New Zealand’s best spinner option over the years in the shortest format of the game.

“I think Ish Sodhi over the years has probably been our best spinner in T20 cricket,” Patel said on the programme ‘Mornings with Ian Smith’ on Tuesday.

“It’s good to see that he’s going to get a fair go. I’m not convinced with the other guys, I don’t think they’ve played enough international cricket,” said Patel.

Patel is also not happy with the recent form of Mitchell Santner. “He’s just lost his way; I think he’s confused… I think he’s tried to attack too much at times. You’re always hearing from the Blackcaps management that he’s a batting all-rounder not a bowling all-rounder, that in itself is where his problem is.

“He’s just got carried away with the variations and what’s asked of him… I just don’t see any consistency with his bowling,” added the 62-year-old Patel.

With the pitches in the UAE likely to aid spin bowlers, Patel felt having a good spinner in the side would be crucial.

“Spin is going to play a big part in Dubai… at the end of the day, it’s the bowlers that win you the game, no question about it. Stack your team up with your best five or six bowlers… if you look back at the records of previous World Cups, the spinners are at the top of the records.”

New Zealand commence their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26.

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  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’.
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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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