‘I was completely destroyed’, Veda Krishnamurthy calls for mental health assistance in crisis situations

Veda Krishnamurthy lost her mother and sister to COVID-19 last month.

Veda Krishnamurthy | GettyIndian women’s cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy’s mother and sister passed away within two weeks of each other last month due to complications related to COVID-19.

No wonder, she admitted being “completely destroyed” by the trauma but Veda she is slowly learning to tune herself out of that grief.

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"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' in a lengthy post.

"...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 she was the only one in the family not to catch COVID-19 and looked after all the medical needs at that time.

The turn of events also made her realize how difficult it might have been for common people to access basic care.

"Going through my Twitter feed at the time, I felt a lot of people were struggling with something as basic as getting a doctor to instruct them on what they should be doing — whether that was isolating at home or something else," she recalled.

Veda Krishnamurthy also highlighted the importance of mental health assistance in crisis situations.

"Mental strength is important. My oldest sister, Vatsala, had panic attacks before she passed away from COVID," she said.

"My mom might also have panicked, because the night before she died of the virus, in my home town, Kadur, about 230km north-west of Bangalore, she learned that everybody else in the family had tested positive, including the kids. I don't know, but maybe that affected her," she further stated.

Having dealt with mental health issues on her own in the past, Veda called for a structured support system.

"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.

"I've had mental-health issues and I've sought support to resolve them myself."

The BCCI had come under the scanner for not communicating with Veda Krishnamurthy, after which she received a call from board secretary Jay Shah.

"I'm not upset with people who didn't call me or message me. I thank everyone who checked on me.

"I did get a call from the BCCI secretary, which I didn't expect, to be honest. He said when he is in Bangalore, he will visit me," she said.

(With PTI inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 02 Jun, 2021

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