Vijay Shankar ruled out of 2019 World Cup with a toe injury

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: July 01, 2019 14:30 IST
Vijay Shankar ruled out of 2019 World Cup with a toe injury

Vijay Shankar ruled out of 2019 World Cup with a toe injury
India all-rounder Vijay Shankar's World Cup 2019 has come to an end, as a toe injury sustained in the nets while batting against Jasprit Bumrah has ruled him out of the tournament. Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal has been roped in as a replacement. Mayank made his Test debut earlier this year against Australia but is yet to make his bow in the 50-over format.
In List A cricket for Karnataka, Mayank has played 75 games since making his debut in 2012, scoring 3605 runs at an average of 48.71.
Vijay's inclusion in the final World Cup squad came at the cost of Ambati Rayudu, who had been looked at as a potential No.4 batsman at the showpiece event. But Rayudu's dwindling form leading up the tournament and Vijay's performances - against New Zealand and Australia - earned him the ticket instead. Vijay didn't set the world alight in the warm-up matches, and the No.4 spot in the tournament proper went to KL Rahul instead, who scored a century against Bangladesh in the warm-up game.
But once Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out with injury, Rahul had to be moved up with Vijay coming in at No.4. Vijay got to play in just three games - batting as low as No. 6 in the match against Pakistan. In the two other games where he played two-drop, Vijay couldn't quite make use of the opportunity, ending up with scores of 15 off 19 balls against West Indies and 29 of 41 against Afghanistan. As Vijay copped a bit of criticism for squandering opportunities, he received a public backing from his captain Virat Kohli, who talked up the all-rounder's utility in the side leading up to the England fixture on Sunday (June 30). However, Vijay had to miss out of that game because of the same toe injury which has now ruled him out entirely.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: January 15, 2020 16:14 IST
Karnataka Congress is in Vague state

The decision of who has to be the next Pradesh Congress Committee chief is still unclear. Congress high command in Karnataka seems to be still in a dilemma. It had been asking its previous chief, Siddaramaiah who recently resigned to his post after his defeat in by-polls, to pursue his post.
However, Siddaramaiah doesn’t seem to have any interest in taking up the post again. Recently, he even went to meet Sonia Gandhi regarding this. They both had a deep conversation on this issue and yet their meeting didn't prove to be fruitful. As the party high command is still in discussion, it had asked Siddaramaiah to continue his post till they get any alternative. However, he didn't accept it.
High command is likely to choose, Lingayat leader, MB Patil for this post. At the same time, Vokkaliga leader as well as, party’s money bag DK Sivakumar has his eyes on this post. According to Sivakumar, he is eligible for it as he had saved the party and its 14 months of governance during the Kumaraswamy regime. Another positive towards Sivakumar is that he has a belief in Rahul Gandhi. However, none of his party members are in support of him. This issue too had taken to Sonia Gandhi by Siddaramaiah.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: December 22, 2019 18:08 IST
10 lakh ex-gratia for the 2 killed in CAA protests: Karnataka CM

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa announced ₹10 lakh relief each to the families of victims who died in Mangaluru during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protest.
The two persons died following the bullet injuries they sustained in police firing during the protest. The police have also mentioned their names in the FIR registered in connection with the violence that erupted during protests.
According to CMO, the deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district directed to immediately provide relief to the families. Jaleel (42) and Nauseen (23) had killed as police opened after the CAA protests turned violent on Thursday in the city.
Yediyurappa had visited the port city on Saturday to take stock of the situation. They will take a decision to investigate the causes of the rioting soon, he said.

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: December 21, 2019 14:37 IST
Kannada litterateur Prof LS Sheshagiri Rao passed away

LS Sheshagiri Rao passed away on Friday due to age-related illnesses. He was 94. He was popularly known as Professor LSS and was much beloved by critics and lay readers alike. He was born in Bangalore and received his MA from Nagpur University. He had a stellar academic career, publishing multiple works, and becoming a college lecturer at only 19.
LSS was best known for the Kannada-to-English dictionary that he compiled. It is still widely used by critics and translators. The dictionary was part of his larger effort to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western literary studies. Rao translated English classics into Kannada, including the works of Shakespeare, Kafka, and Goldsmith. In addition, he wrote several well-received critical commentaries on a wide variety of subjects, from Greek theatre to Modern Kannada prose.
LSS was also known as a writer of fiction, primarily short stories. “Idu Jeevana” (“This is Life”) and “Jangama Jathreyalli” (“In the Festival of the Jangamas”) are his two collections of Kannada short stories. 
He was the recipient of multiple awards, most notably the Masti Award, the Kendra Sahitya Award, and the Rajyotsava Award. His passing had mourned by many, both within and outside the Kannada literary sphere. LSS, like Girish Karnad who passed earlier this year, was one of many who warned against linguistic jingoism. For many, his passing signals a subtle but troubling change in the Kannada literary scene.