Legendary Indian badminton player Prakash Padukone has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering from the infection at a hospital in Bengaluru. The 65-year-old, who was the first Indian to win the prestigious All England Championships title in 1980, is likely to be discharged later this week. “Around 10 days back, Prakash, his wife (Ujjala) and second daughter (Anisha), they developed symptoms and got themselves tested and the results came out to be positive,” Vimal Kumar, a close friend of the legendary shuttler and director at the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy (PPBA), told PTI.
“They got themselves isolated but after a week Prakash’s fever didn’t come down, so last Saturday, he was admitted to a hospital here in Bengaluru.”
“He is okay now. All his parameters are fine, his wife and daughter are at home and he too will be hopefully discharged in 2-3 days,” he added.
One the most revered figures in world badminton, Padukone had emerged as a role model of Indian sports during his playing days in the 1970s and 1980s.
Padukone was also the first Indian to win a medal at the World Championships after clinching a bronze in the 1983 edition. He was also the first Indian to be ranked world number one after achieving the feat in 1980 following back-to-back title wins at the Denmark Open, All England Championships and Swedish Open.
Following his retirement in 1991, Prakash Padukone served as the chairman of Badminton Association of India (BAI).
He was also the coach of the Indian team from 1993 to 1996.
Considering the predominantly pace-friendly conditions in England, most teams prefer to play with one spinner as a backup to a fast-bowling battery. However, Pragyan Ojha has opined that Ashwin and Jadeja can win matches for the team irrespective of the surface they bowl on.
Speaking to Sports Today, Pragyan Ojha backed the inclusion of both spinners whenever feasible while highlighting their batting prowess. Pragyan Ojha elaborated in this regard:
“Both of them can play. They (India) should play both of them because both can bat, and both have the experience of bowling on any track. The biggest plus point is Jadeja can bat up the order, the way he is performing. Mind you, if you look at his domestic record, he has got three triple hundreds. I think he can bat long, and Ashwin has got international hundreds also. I feel if there’s a little chance where you can play both the spinners, you should play. They have enough experience to win you games on any wicket.”
Ashwin and Jadeja have been a formidable spin-bowling duo in subcontinent conditions. They also impressed in the Test series Down Under. However, accomodating both players in the playing XI in overseas Tests has been a challenging proposition for the team think tank.
The biggest selection headache for India will be whether to play an extra batsman Vihari or to trust Ashwin & Jadeja at 7 & 8.
I’d prefer playing both Ashwin & Jadeja as both have been in remarkable form of late and Ashwin’s batting has improved as well.
Ashwin and Axar Patel starred for India in the 3-1 Test series win against England at home, with Jadeja missing out due to injury.
Very thoughtful of Hanuma Vihari to play county cricket: Pragyan Ojha
The 34-year-old Pragyan Ojha has praised middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari for his decision to play county cricket for Warwickshire ahead of the gruelling England tour. Vihari missed the entire England series at home after pulling his hamstring during his Sydney blockathon.
Speaking about Vihari, Pragyan Ojha said:
“Even I was following Hanuma Vihari. Very thoughtful of him to go and play some county cricket. You know you get used to, you get acclimatised to the conditions. That’s very important.”
Hanuma Vihari, though, has struggled to cope with English conditions, managing only one fifty in six innings so far for Warwickshire.
India’s long tour of England will begin with the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18-22. Virat Kohli’s men will then play a five-match Test series against England from August to September.
Using a Genshin Impact interactive map to find ascension materials for Eula is easier than one might think.
As Eula is an upcoming character in Genshin Impact, it’s only fitting that a fair number of players are hyped to get her. That said, some of them aren’t exactly loaded as far as ascension materials go, so this article will detail how to use a particular interactive map to for one’s convenience. For all intents and purposes, this interactive map is the one this article is referring to.
Map Genie has several interactive maps, but it’s specifically the one involving Genshin Impact that fans would care about here. Predictably, this interactive map can be used for anything associated with Genshin Impact. If players don’t get Eula, then they can still use this interactive map for the other characters they do actually have. Either way, it’s a convenient tool that can simplify one’s gaming experience.
How to use Genshin Impact interactive map to find ascension materials for Eula
First, Genshin Impact players have to go to the Map Genie link provided in this article (the first hyperlink that says “this interactive map”). Once a player clicks on it, they will see a ton of items that obscure the otherwise recognizable map of Teyvat.
If players want to use this interactive map without seeing every possible item location, then they can hover their mouse over to the left and click on “Hide All.” “Hide All” will be seen near the top left, but below “100% Exploration Checklist” Note, that this will not be required for later on, but it can be useful for Genshin Impact players searching for it in an alternative way.
The search feature
Like all good interactive maps, Map Genie allows Genshin Impact players to search for any item that they want, and the interactive map will show them where to get it. Note: players won’t find enemy and boss drops here (they will have to search for the enemies that drop it).
In Eula’s case, the Genshin Impact player would need Damaged/Stained/Ominous Masks and Crystalline Blooms. The masks can easily be found anywhere Hilichurls are (depending on World Level) or crafted, whereas the Crystalline Bloom is a drop from the Cryo Hypostasis.
What the search feature is good for in this Genshin Impact interactive map is the fact that one can use it for the Dandelion Seeds and Shivada Jade Sliver, both of which Eula needs for ascension. To use the search feature, players just have to go to the big search bar on the left side, click on it, and type either of the two items listed above and then click “Search.”
When looking for Dandelion Seeds, the player should notice that it will only be found in Mondstadt (remember to use anemo on them to obtain them). The Genshin Impact player can now do one of several things if they’d please from here. If they wish to use it as they play the game at the same time, then that should be self-intuitive.
However, players could also hover their mouse pointer over the Dandelion Seed locations to see how many of them are there. Sometimes, a player will just see “Dandelion Seed”, which would indicate that there is a single spawn location there. Alternatively, 2x or 3x Dandelion Seed would indicate that there are two or three Dandelion Seed locations, respectively.
Eula’s ascension materials
The above paragraphs show Genshin Impact players how to find Dandelion Seeds. Her other non-enemy materials, the Shivada Jade Sliver/Fragment/Chunk/Gemstone can be crafted at any alchemy table. That said, there are some ways to get some Shivada Jade Sliver for Eula according to this interactive map.
Players can get the Shivada Jade items from Cryo Regisvines depending on their World Level. However, the interactive map also tells players how to get Shivada Jade Sliver for Eula. There are three ways to do so, which are listed in the screenshot below.
If a player can’t find it on the map, then they can always click on the description seen on the furthermost left side of one’s screen. For example, clicking on “IVANOVICH” will automatically center the Genshin Impact player’s screen to Ivanovich’s location.
The interactive map also tells players how to get this item for free based on dialogue choices. Other than that, there is Mingxing Jewelry, which is nice given that the interactive map also tells players the Geo Sigil cost and the limit to how many a player can buy.
As Eula needs Shivada Jade Fragments/Chunks/Gemstones later on, players could use this map to get the Shivada Jade Slivers and then craft them later on if fighting the Cryo Revisvine sounds too boring.
This interactive map
As long as Genshin Impact players know how to use a search bar correctly, then they can use this interactive map effortlessly. Alternatively, they can scroll down on the left side and go to “Resources.” From here, Genshin Impact players can select “Dandelion Seed”, as well as select various Hilichurl enemy types to find the masks players need to ascend Eula.