Scratchy win so what? Australia have two points and that’s what matters: Brett Lee

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Dubai, Oct 25 | Former Australian pace bowler Brett Lee has said that though the Aaron Finch-led side had a “scratchy win” in their opening ICC T20 World Cup ‘Super 12’ game against South Africa, what mattered was that they had two points in the pocket and the confidence to go into the upcoming matches with a positive frame of mind.

Marcus Stoinis underlined his ‘finisher’ credentials in the tense five-wicket win against South Africa in the final over on October 23, scoring 24 not out and putting together an unbeaten 40-run partnership with Matthew Wade (15 not out).

It turned out to be a scratchy affair for Australia with Finch, David Warner and Mitch Marsh departing, leaving them struggling at 39/3 after eight overs, chasing 119 for victory. And with the well-set batters, Steve Smith (35) and Glenn Maxwell (18), too returning to the dressing room in the final few overs, it became a challenge.

What should have been a straightforward chase became an uphill task, but the power-hitting pair of Stoinis and Wade didn’t panic, getting Australia home with two balls to spare, smashing two boundaries in the last over.

“It’s the silverware in the cabinet that we don’t have,” Lee told SEN Breakfast on Monday. “We’ve obviously dominated in Test cricket and One Day cricket (in the past). But the T20 format we’ve struggled with, and I think it comes down to our top six… I reckon they’ve just got to keep going the way they are.

“I know it was a bit of a scratchy win the other evening, but at the end of the day, as long as you win your matches, that’s all that counts,” said Lee.

There have been calls to include two spinners in the side, but Lee said, the present T20 bowling attack was just fine. “There’s also a lot of people talking that we should be bowling two genuine spinners, I think what is in our favour is we have Glenn Maxwell… who’s a genuine spinner,” said Lee.

“(Adam) Zampa I thought bowled beautifully; he’s bowling a lot more wrong’uns. But I like the three quicks. Mitch Starc cops a fair bit of flak with the white ball, (but) he’s my first pick, you’ve got to give him that new ball. Pat Cummins is world-class, he’s a superstar.

“And of course, Josh Hazlewood, coming off what was a fantastic win for him the other night, getting a wicket with his first ball… he’s been in good form the last couple of months and hopefully it continues for him,” added Lee.

Australia will take on Sri Lanka on October 28 in the second match of their campaign.

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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