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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New Zealand’s Rodd & Gunn Brand is Conquering America

first_img A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Editors’ Recommendations Zach Klein Is the Reason We’re All Obsessed with Cabin Porn What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable Just like Lorde, Russell Crowe and the guys from “Flight of The Conchords,” New Zealand-based men’s lifestyle brand Rodd & Gunn has found impressive success in North America. Debuting Stateside six years ago, it is sold in numerous U.S. boutiques and department stores and recently started opening its own stores in America, including one in Newport Beach, California, and a second one in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn – with more doors coming soon.Affordable, stylish (but not too trendy), and immensely wearable, Rodd & Gunn’s wardrobe-enhancing clothes and accessories are worth more than just a gander. The company’s CEO, Michael Beagley, recently gave The Manual a look at this smart Kiwi label during a visit to its new Brooklyn outpost.How old is Rodd & Gunn?We go back to 1946, but its current form began in 1987. The brand and logo was developed in 1946, but our part really started in 1987. We started out as an outdoor shoots type of business and over a 20-year period we became more of a lifestyle casual brand.Why?Our customer has a great appreciation for going outdoors and enjoying the outdoors, but never has the time to do it. It’s the Range Rover theory, where you buy a Range Rover to go off the road, but you never get off the tarmac. We are a lifestyle brand now and we do everything that meets our customers’ lifestyles, from luggage to shoes to hats and caps – basically every part of a man’s wardrobe.What are your current bestsellers?Our outerwear is not weather-dependent and it has been one of the most surprising categories for me. It’s soft sports coats, jackets, and outerwear.And the next one is footwear. I am absolutely staggered how much footwear we are doing in our own stores and the response we are getting from our wholesale partners. There is a big, huge potential for our footwear. It is all European made and it has a sensibility that fits in with our brand ethos.What is that ethos and what sets Rodd & Gunn apart from other brands?No one else owns a country. We own a country and have stolen New Zealand. Without paying the government anything, we have actually stolen the ethos of the country. One thing that Lord of the Rings did was put New Zealand on the map. A lot of people previously used to think that New Zealand was part of Australia or whatever. New Zealand is clean, green, and a friendly place with one of the lowest levels of corruption in the world. It’s those honest roots that we engender in our a brand.What are the biggest highlights of the current collection?Printed short sleeve shirts have been huge this season. We were pushing short sleeve shirts before the American consumer pushed it as a fashion thing. But at sales meetings the reps would say, “That’s a barbecue shirt.” And we’d say, “No, no. This is fashion.” Now short sleeved printed shirts are on fire. We work with Italian mills we’ve been with for 25 years or more to make them.How big is every collection each season?Bloody big! It’s about 400 different color-style options. In retail we deliver a new story every two weeks and we have a few sprinklings of capsules per year. So new, new, new! We’re not really into fashion but it’s keeping the energy of freshness and letting customers know that we do sell out so they should buy it now.What’s next for the brand?We’ve got a long way to go in America, but we are looking at different countries and are likely to do some things in the UK. But in America we’ve got our own stores in Newport Beach, here in Brooklyn, and we are opening Century City in L.A. in August, La Jolla just north of San Diego in October, and Dallas in early 2018. And then we have other things coming in behind that.Who is the Rodd & Gunn customer, especially in North America versus New Zealand?Our demographic is slightly younger here than we are in Australia, which is slightly younger than we are in New Zealand. But the core consumer is the guy who wants to dress up and wants to dress down, has a relaxed attitude toward life, and is not hassled by things. It caters to his lifestyle and it is sort of ageless in lots of ways. You can be 74 or 25.From a fit point of view, we can do that more fitted European look without being as extreme as Europe. I think that one of the things that we’ve got is a mix between Europe and America that we’ve been seeing through our Southern Hemisphere eyes. So our point of view is different from everyone else’s. 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Professional Nomads Show Off How They Renovated an Airstream last_img read more

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