Jasprit Bumrah has skill-set to succeed in Tests at home: Ajit Agarkar

first_imgJasprit Bumrah has skill-set to succeed in Tests at home: Ajit AgarkarAjit Agarkar said that Jasprit Bumrah will be fresh and raring to have the ball in his hand as he has not played much cricket ever since the World Cup.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 18, 2019 18:41 IST Jasprit Bumrah in Test match (File photo: IANS)HIGHLIGHTSAjit Agarkar feels Jasprit Bumrah will have an exceptional debut home Test series against the ProteasThe real test for Bumrah will come up when India take on South Africa in the three-match series at homeBumrah played two matches in the Caribbean Islands, in which he picked 13 wickets, including a hat-trickEver since making his Test debut in Cape Town in January 2018, Jasprit Bumrah has improved by leaps and bounds and has become an integral part of the Indian team across all formats, especially Test cricket. Bumrah has featured in 12 Test matches so far, in which he has scalped 62 wickets at an average of 19.24, thus becoming the linchpin of Indian bowling unit.All these 12 Tests have been played on foreign soil (3 in South Africa, 3 in England, 4 in Australia and 2 in West Indies) where wickets naturally assist pacers. In all these places, the right-arm pacer from Mumbai has made a mark and performed brilliantly. However, the real test for him will come up when India take on South Africa in the three-match series at home.Former Indian pacer Ajit Agarkar feels Bumrah will have an exceptional debut home Test series against the Proteas.”With experience, everyone can see what progress he has made in international cricket. I expect him to do well in India as well. Obviously, there will be times when the spinners will dominate in the series. However, with the kind of unique ability he possesses, I don’t think conditions matter to him. He has the skill-set to perform in Indian conditions as well,” Agarkar, who is an expert with ESPNcricinfo, told IANS.The 25-year-old has played 38 First-Class and 83 List-A matches in which he scalped 151 and 155 wickets respectively. Apart from that, he has played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has been instrumental in their success in the league.advertisement”A lot of people tend to forget that Bumrah played quite a lot of first-class cricket before he played for India. He has bowled in these conditions with the SG ball. He knows what to do,” said Agarkar.Agarkar, 41, who played 26 Tests and 191 ODIs for India, also said that Bumrah will be fresh and raring to have the ball in his hand as he has not played much cricket ever since the World Cup. “Since the World Cup, he hasn’t played a lot of cricket. He missed (rested) the T20Is and the ODIs and featured in the two Test matches. So, he must be relatively fresh and will be very keen to perform in India as well,” he said.Bumrah played two matches in the Caribbean Islands, in which he picked 13 wickets, including a hat-trick.”I would not be surprised if he has an exceptional series,” Agarkar signed off.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to resume battle for T20I dominationAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Ajit Agarkarlast_img read more

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First Public Sector Innovation Garage in Canada to Open in Halifax

first_imgA new place for the public sector to test ideas and develop solutions opened today, March 26, in Halifax. The Public Sector Innovation Garage, a government and IBM collaborative initiative, is the first of its kind in Canada. The province has extended an existing agreement with IBM that will see $5 million worth of projects flow through the garage over the next three years. It will be a dedicated, creative space that will enable a new approach to delivering public sector programs and services. “We are committed to developing new and better ways to meet the diverse, changing needs of the public sector and Nova Scotians,” said Patricia Arab, Minister of Internal Services. “This is not a traditional approach to innovation. The garage is a place where we can safely generate and test ideas, and explore and experiment with possible solutions.” The garage is a workspace where IBM will offer its expertise, methodologies, tools, software and processes. Technology business partners SAP, Microsoft and Apple will also participate. “Our goal is to work with the Government of Nova Scotia to build innovative solutions that will deliver improved services to the people of this province,” said Claude Guay, general manager, Global Business Services, IBM Canada. “With the innovation garage, we can quickly prove new solutions leveraging artificial intelligence, analytics, blockchain, internet of things, and IBM Cloud.” Other public sector partners can also use the garage. Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is already discussing how it can participate and benefit from its world class advisors and graduates. “To have another outlet for our students to not only share their knowledge and skills, but to also gain vital practical experience doing so, is a tremendous opportunity for the college,” said Anna Burke, vice president, Academic, NSCC. “At the same time, the students will be contributing to NSCC’s mission by supporting our communities and local businesses through innovation and problem-solving.”last_img read more

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