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Had mental-health issues & have sought support to resolve them myself: Veda Krishnamurthy

India women’s team player Veda Krishnamurthy suffered a huge loss after her mother and sister succumbed to COVID-19. The Indian cricketer in a chat with ESPNcricinfo said that she was completely destroyed and all the other family members were broken. 

“I’m a big believer in what destiny holds for you, but I really hoped that my sister would come back home. When she didn’t, I was completely destroyed. All of us were broken to pieces,” Krishnamurthy told ESPNcricinfo

“…I still had to put up a brave face for the rest of the family. What I had to do in those testing couple of weeks was learn to tune myself out of my grief. But it keeps coming back to haunt you,” she said.

The middle-order batter revealed that she has herself struggled with mental health issues. 

Veda was also removed from the list of centrally contracted players for 2020-21. Besides Veda, who was in Grade C last year, Ekta Bisht (Grade B), Anuja Patil and D. Hemlatha (both Grade C) have also been excluded. 

“A lot of people who are playing cricket currently know what mental health is, but it is also important to accept that if the system is not doing anything to offer you mental-health assistance, you can and must find the support for yourself if you can afford it,” she said. 

“I’ve had mental-health issues and I’ve sought support to resolve them myself,” she added. 

Veda has played 48 ODIs and 76 T20Is for the team but unfortunately won’t be travelling to the UK with the team. India are slated o play a one-off Test against England and three ODIs and as many T20Is on the tour. 


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