Indian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat Arun

first_imgIndian batsmen found Jasprit Bumrah ‘one of the most difficult’ to face: Bharat Arun India vs Australia: India cricket team bowling coach heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah while revealing the reasons behind fast-tracking the in-form pacer to the Test team in January last year.advertisement India Today Web Desk SydneyJanuary 8, 2019UPDATED: January 8, 2019 18:15 IST India’s Jasprit Bumrah picked up 21 wickets and finished the four-Test series in Australia on top of the bowlers charts alongside Nathan Lyon (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJasprit Bumrah shone in Australia, picking up 21 wickets from four matchesBumrah made his Test debut in South Africa last year after having been considered a white-ball speciallistBumrah has been rested for the limited-overs series in Australia and New ZealandIndia’s bowling coach Bharat Arun shed light on the team management’s thought process that led to the selection of Jasprit Bumrah in the Test squad for the first time in South Africa last year.Jasprit Bumrah had been considered a white-ball specialist before he was fast-tracked into the Test team in 2018. Chief selector MSK Prasad, while speaking to India Today on Monday, even revealed they had faced criticism for the move but they went ahead and backed the 25-year-old, who has evolved into one of the top Test bowlers over the past year.Bumrah, the top-ranked ODI bowler, picked up 49 wickets in his first year in Test cricket and formed a lethal combination with Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma. The trio went on to break a 34-year-old record for the most wickets by a pace bowling group in a calendar year set by the legendary West Indies trio of Joel Garner, Michael Holding, and Malcolm Marshall, who had taken 130 wickets.Bumrah excelled in his very first Test series in South Africa, picking up 14 wickets from three Tests at an average of 25.21.He added more variety to his bowling during the five-Test series in England last year and emerged as Virat Kohli’s go-to-man. He instilled fear in the Australian batsmen’s minds and led India to a historic series win, picking up a joint series high of 21 wickets Down Under.”I think there were discussions in the team about Bumrah and they felt that he is one of the most difficult bowlers to face and also with the pace he is generating, he is extremely accurate. That is something that was extremely encouraging for us to pick Bumrah [for the South Africa series],” Bharat Arun told India Today’s Boria Majumdar in Sydney on Tuesday.advertisementHe added: “And rightfully so, the team management felt that Bumrah should be unleashed in South Africa because he has the pace and most batsmen who played him in the IPL, and our players felt that you picked up the ball that much late because of his awkward action.”Jasprit Bumrah has been handed a well-deserved rest as he is not going to be part of the upcoming limited-overs series in Australia and New Zealand. Mohammed Siraj and Siddharth Kaul have been named as replacements for Bumrah for the ODIs and T20I, respectively.Meanwhile, chairman of the senior national selection committee, MSK Prasad also heaped rich praise on Jasprit Bumrah, saying the in-form pacers’ performance has helped them shut their critics down.”Absolutely, this kid [Bumrah] is phenomenal. Within a short span of one year, he has become very professional. When we picked him for South Africa, not many people accepted with us. They said many things ‘he is a white-ball specialist and he is prone to injuries’. But we went ahead with the selection. Having said that, we took that in the right spirit. We still took inducted him and he is now among the top of the ICC rankings,” Prasad had told India Today.Also Read | India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara keen on getting back to domestic cricket, to play county during IPL 2019Also Read | India vs Australia: This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to 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 byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Jasprit BumrahFollow Bharat ArunFollow India vs AustraliaFollow Ravi ShastriFollow MSK PrasadFollow India cricket teamlast_img read more

The Netherlands Institute Morocco Opens its Doors for 2019 Intake

Rabat –  Leon Buskens visited Morocco in 1984 as a student for the first time. On September 9, 2019, he welcomed a new group of enthusiastic students from the Netherlands as director of the Netherlands Institute Morocco (NIMAR).When NIMAR faced an uncertain future in 2015, the oldest university of the Netherlands, Leiden University, had the courage to make the institute part of its infrastructure. In 2017 the institute was officially reopened by the then Minister of Education, Jet Bussemaker in the presence of the president of Leiden University Professor Carel Stolker and the mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb.Under the aegis of Buskens, NIMAR has not only maintained a steady course but has safeguarded its future by being granted official funding by the Ministry of Education in early 2019. What is the role of NIMAR in contemporary Morocco and what do this year students hope to achieve during their four months stay? Main goal“Naturally, education is our main goal. Any student that is registered at a Dutch university or university of applied sciences, can participate in our education program. In addition, NIMAR not only aims at facilitating but also strengthening the collaboration by both Moroccan and Dutch scientists. The research fields encompass a variety of landscapes, but mostly focus on the humanities, social -and political sciences.”Buskens stresses that students do not only remain within the academic confinements of NIMAR, but are given many possibilities to sink their teeth into Moroccan society as well. “Students frequently stay with host families who are more than happy to teach them about customs, traditions and Moroccan culture in general. This creates a proper place for interaction, in which both Dutch and Moroccan students not only increase their knowledge, exchange lively opinions and widen their horizons, but grow out to be young adults who look beyond the limits of their comfort zone as well.”Why Morocco?“Being an anthropologist, I have an enormous interest in the way how people live in different cultures around the world. During my studies, I learned that Morocco can be observed in many different ways. Among else it is part of ‘Dar al-Islam’, it lies within the Arabic sphere of influence and is geographically located in North-Africa. However, what sparked my interest most, was the way how Morocco was regarded as part of the Mediterranean.“In a different day and age, The Netherlands and Morocco functioned as the opposite, outer borders of the Roman empire and later shared, let’s put it diplomatically, a certain annoyance with respect to the Habsburg dynasty in Spain. In other words: History shows us that Morocco, as part of the Mediterranean, has functioned as a cradle for cultural exchange throughout the centuries.”Though Buskens had studied the history, culture and art of Morocco, the first encounter with the country left a memorable impression. “I grew up in a small village in the south of the Netherlands, and I can tell you it was quite a shock when I arrived in Morocco for the first time in 1984! What you have to realize is that back in those days, young Europeans with full beards were often regarded as tourists in search of the finest Moroccan hashish. Though I can safely say I did not come to Morocco for Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll. I came in the humble capacity of an academic and wanted to know in what ways I could conduct my research.”Fear and anxietyBut a lot has changed since 1984. Now we live in turbulent times where distrust, fear, and anxiety flourish. During the official reopening of NIMAR in 2017, Jet Bussemaker as the then Minister of Education stressed the importance of NIMAR in a world dominated by increasing Islamophobia: “NIMAR can bring the worlds of the Netherlands and Morocco closer together by sharing knowledge about Morocco, the Arab world and Islam. Studying these topics in their own context is crucial if we want to really understand one another.”Buskens suggests that looking back at shared history is the antidote for the West’s growing Islamophobia: “Don’t forget, The Netherlands colonized Indonesia for over four centuries and thereby forcefully conjoined with the most populous Islamic country in the world! Once again, it is very worthwhile to study history in order to see what parallels can be drawn. Have people in the past expressed similar fears compared to today? What was the tone of public opinion with respect to Islam back then? Questions worthy of asking in our post-colonial world.”Through the eye of the studentsThough shocked by the attacks on two Scandinavian tourists in 2018 Sara, a 22-year-old German-Moroccan was determined to come to Morocco. “Naturally it was very shocking to hear this dreadful news. It has definitely changed my perception of traveling alone as a woman in Morocco, but the solidarity that was expressed by Moroccans in the aftermath of the attack was heartwarming.”Sara, a 22-year-old German-Moroccan was determined to come to Morocco.Sara has come to Morocco to properly discover her own identity, shaped by her Moroccan father and German mother. “There has always been a rather undefined part of me rooted within Morocco that I have always considered part of my identity. In the upcoming months, I hope to get more clarity on this.”Those who are laboring under the misapprehension that NIMAR is only playing host to young, adventurous students in search of their own identity, are mistaken. At the age of 69, Anne-Marie has seen quite a lot of the world and is not nearly ready to put away her traveling shoes. “I have always been very keen to properly learn Arabic, but never seemed to get around to it. NIMAR is providing me with the possibility to not only study Arabic extensively at the institute, but I get to practice Arabic on a daily basis by staying with a host family in the Medina.”Anne-Marie, 69-year-old student.Whereas Anne-Marie has traveled around the world and regularly stepped out of her comfort zone, Cemal thought it was high time to he did so too. “Up till now, I have dedicated much of my life to studying and thought it was high time for a change! I was born in the Netherlands, but have a Turkish-Moroccan background. Understanding Darija is therefore not very difficult for me, but I still have a lot to learn before I can properly bargain in fluent Darija with the better merchants of Rabat.”Read also: Ihattaren Declines Netherlands’Call, Opens Doors to Morocco read more