A whitewash seems only a matter of time for India now as Sri Lanka finished the second day 333 runs behind, having lost 11 wickets in the second day after following-on in the third Test.
Replacing the suspended Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav claimed four wickets to help dismiss Sri Lanka for a paltry 135 in the first innings as the visitors enforced the follow-on. Umesh Yadav then struck towards the end of the day, to send Upul Tharanga back to the pavilion. At stumps the scoreboard read 19/1 in Sri Lanka’s second innings.
The hosts conceded a 352-run first innings lead after all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s blistering ton propelled India to 487 at the Pallekele International Stadium.
Kuldeep led an inspired bowling attack with his left-arm wrist spin to flatten the Sri Lankan batting. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal top-scored with 48 before falling to ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Pace spearhead Mohammed Shami struck early to get openers Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne caught behind for 4 and 5 respectively in the first five overs of the first innings.
The hosts suffered from regular wicket-fall as Pandya also chipped in with the ball to get former captain Angelo Mathews trapped lbw for nought.
Kuldeep, playing just his second Test, then turned on the heat to rattle the Sri Lankan middle-order and combine with Ashwin to wipe off the Sri Lankan tail in the final session.
All-rounder Pandya remained the star of the day with his 96-ball 108 that lifted India to a challenging first innings total after the visitors resumed on 329-6.
Pandya was out to spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who claimed his first five-wicket Test haul, on the third ball of the second session as India’s innings ended without adding to the lunch total.
It's not just about goodwill - inclusivity is a good business decision.
To reach a 50-50 workplace scenario, policies on diversity need to be paired with a culture of inclusiveness. While diversity brings equal representation in meetings, board rooms, promotions and recruitment, inclusivity helps give voice to the people who might otherwise be marginalized or excluded. Inclusion at workplace can be seen in an environment that values diverse opinions, encourages collaboration and invites people to share their ideas and perspectives. As Verna Myers, a renowned diversity advocate, puts it “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Creating a sense of belonging for everyone is essential for a company’s success. Let’s look at some of the real benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace:
Better decision making
A whitepaper by Cloverpop, a decision making tool, established a direct link between inclusive decision making and better business performance. The research discovered that teams that followed an inclusive decision-making process made decisions 2X faster with half the meetings and delivered 60% better results. As per Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino, this report highlights how diversity and inclusion are practical tools to improve decision making in companies. According to her, changing the composition of decision making teams to include different perspectives can help individuals overcome biases that affect their decisions.
Higher job satisfaction
Employee satisfaction is connected to a workplace environment that values individual ideas and creates a sense of belonging for everyone. A research by Accenture identified 40 factors that influence advancement in the workplace. An empowering work environment where employees have the freedom to be creative, innovative and themselves at work, was identified as a key driver in improving employee advancement to senior levels.
A research by Catalyst.org stated the in India, 62% of innovation is driven by employee perceptions of inclusion. The study included responses from 1,500 employees from Australia, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the United States and showed that employees who feel included are more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty, suggest new and innovative ways of getting work done.
Shirley Engelmeier, author of ‘Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage’, in her interview with Forbes, talks about the new global business normal. She points out that the rapidly changing customer base with different tastes and preferences need to feel represented by brands. An inclusive environment will future-proof the organisation to cater to the new global consumer language and give it a competitive edge.
An inclusive workplace ensures that no individual is disregarded because of their gender, race, disability, age or other social and cultural factors. Accenture has been a leading voice in advocating equal workplace. Having won several accolades including a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate equality index, Accenture has demonstrated inclusive and diverse practices not only within its organisation but also in business relationships through their Supplier Inclusion and Diversity program.
In a video titled ‘She rises’, Accenture captures the importance of implementing diverse policies and creating an inclusive workplace culture.
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