Veda Krishnamurthy Biography: Story of India’s Batting Maestro at No. 4

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Veda Krishnamurthy is an Indian cricket player. She started her cricketing journey by playing for the Karnataka Women’s team. The 26-year-old woman batsman made her debut for India in 2011. Veda is a brilliant fielder and leads the role of patrolling the boundary with aplomb. Veda is known for her big hits. However, she also likes to take quick singles and utilizes her pace between the wickets for quick ones and twos.

Full NameVeda Krishnamurthy
RoleBatswoman
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm offbreak
HometownKadur, Karnataka
Height5ft 6in (1.68 m)
Age26 years (16 October 1992)
International Runs (ODI,T20)(829,647)
Major Teams Featured ForIndia Blue Women, India Women, Karnataka Women, Hobart Hurricanes

Biography

Early Days

Veda had a relatively less challenging childhood as compared to her fellow team members. She received extensive backing and encouragement from her family. In school, Veda was made to attend karate classes – a routine she detested. However, after some sustained efforts by her parents, she went on to earn a double black belt by the age of 12. Her toil on the karate mats proved to be a big game-changer for Veda, as, according to her, the karate practice made her more tough and agile at a very early age.

Even though she disliked martial arts, one sport that she liked and played profoundly was cricket. Many times she would bunk classes and convince her friends to play cricket.

Complaints started pouring in, but the passion for the sport was on an ascent. Veda’s parents had to bring her to Bangalore to see if she could really make a career out of her so-called passion for cricket.

That was a defining decision on her parent’s part. They took her to Karnataka Institute of Cricket by Irfan Sait in Bangalore. Irfan first asked Veda to bat in the nets. With borrowed equipment, she smashed the ball all around the place.

Irfan was thoroughly impressed. He felt Veda could be the next Karuna Jain of Indian cricket. He, therefore, asked Veda to join the academy and her parents to shift to Bangalore immediately. Initially, she had to live with a senior player at the academy before she could make her own arrangements.

She always liked fielding, her biggest strength. But at the academy, she improved upon her power and technique. While she was excelling in her game, elsewhere, she was struggling slightly to synchronize with the multifaceted metropolitan city of Bangalore. She also had to face a cultural shock when she graduated from a co-ed school to an all-girl Mount Carmel College. Nevertheless, she did not let any of that hamper her practice.

Veda was first picked up in the Karnataka senior team at the age of 14 for what has since become her USP: Athleticism. Soon, she was progressed and was graduated to the post of vice-captain by the age of 17.

International cricket followed soon. She made her debut in Indian team by June 2011, at the age of 18. However, it felt that too much was coming in much lesser duration, as she failed to cope up with the sudden transition around her. The mental pressure of facing high-quality international bowlers made her uneasy. As a result, she was dropped a year later, after having just a sole half-century to show for in 22 innings. In addition to this, one of the biggest reasons for her initial failure, according to Veda, was her immaturity to handle the ‘success’ of playing for India.

The Break

After she was dropped, she decided to take a break from cricket and gather her wits. She was successful in securing a job with Western Railways. Her mother had a big role to play in convincing her to take a government, a decision Veda’s father disapproved. The former felt it would help her become independent. And that is exactly what happened.

Veda not only became independent but she also became more mature after handling responsibilities. Once having cleared her head, she resumed playing for Railways.

Once she started playing for Railways, Veda was out of her comfort zone which she was so used to during her formative years. It thus helped her to evolve. She began practicing regularly. During these two years, her Karate training would be of immense help.

The Recall

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Veda Krishnamurthy (Credit IndianExpress)

Veda literally earned her India recall after a two-year gap. And there was no looking back. She went on to score as much as 829 runs in ODI with an impressive strike-rate of 77.

The highlight of her career was in the 2016 India tour of Australia when her well-timed 35 runs helped India chase down a stiff total of 141 in the T20 International.

However, she is known for her crucial knock of 70 run-knock against New Zealand to see India progress into the semi-finals of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup. In that competition, she went on to make 35 runs in the finals as England closely India by 9 runs.

Playing style

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Veda taking a catch (Credit CricBuzz)

Veda likes to emulate Suresh Raina (she too comes at No. 4),  in both batting and fielding. According to her, Veda has always good at playing master strokes, ones who hit the ball right from the first one, form her U-19 days. She likes to dominate the bowlers. Another unique aspect of the player is her ability to hit multiple straight drives. She is particularly noted for her crunching knocks under pressure that gives her team an edge, especially during chases.

Her biggest strength, apart from her hard-hitting brand of batting, is her fielding. She is one of the most agile players on the fields and the quickest. Veda is, therefore, stationed at the boundaries. And she martials the border with aplomb.

Much Lesser-Known Facts of Veda Krishnamurthy

  • She has a special liking for history and has read books like The Palace of Illusion among others in the field.
  • Veda’s image of a perfect cricketer is a team player.
  • She is known as the ‘don’ in the Indian dressing room. She is also called Ved, after a character named Vedam that was portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor in the 2015 film Tamasha.
  • Veda became the third Indian player after Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur to sign a deal in the Big Bash League.

 

Family

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Veda with her mother (Credit Starunfolded)

Veda Krishnamurthy was born on 16th October 1992 in Kadur, Chikmagalur which is some 40 kilometres from the capital city of Bangalore. Her father, SG Krishnamurthy, is a cable operator. She has two elder sisters and an elder brother.

Net Worth

In March this year, BCCI revised the Indian cricketer’s salaries of both senior men’s and women’s category. The salary is divided based on the category that a player falls. For example, in Women’s cricket squad there are three categories: Grade A, B, and C. Veda is counted among the Grade B category and thus her salary is ₹ 30 lakh per annum. Grade A Women cricketers (Smriti Mandhana, Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami) pocket  ₹ 50 lakh per annum.

Achievements

2017 ICC Women’s World Cup Runner-Up

Youngest player for India Women to score 1,000 runs

2017 Vijaya Karnataka Sportsperson of the Year

Social Media

 

Batting and Fielding Statistics

MatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
ODIs484198297125.90107876.9008906201
T20Is5344106475019.0201230

Bowling Statistics

MatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10
ODIs4861146632/142/1422.003.4738.0000
T20Is5321220010.00000
Monish Gadiya is a Pune-based sports author and designer at KreedOn. He is a thorough tech-enthusiast and believes that innovation is the answer to the problems prevalent in the society. Monish graduated from University of Pune with a degree in civil engineering before pursuing a post-graduate diploma course in intellectual property rights. A die-hard football fan, he has represented his college at various football competitions.

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