Veda KrishnamurthyMiddle Order Batswoman
Date of Birth16-10-1992
Place of BirthKadur, Karnataka
Batting StyleRight-hand Bat
Bowling StyleRight-arm leg break
Team India’s Alpha Wolf, Veda Krishnamurthy, made her debut in the ODI Cricket against England at Derby on 30th June 2011 and made her T20I debut against Australia on 11th June 2011.
Idolizing the ‘Face of Indian Women’s Cricket’, Mithali Raj, she started formal cricket training in the Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIOC). She had obtained a double black belt in karate at the age of 12.
The words ‘talent’ and ‘potential’ have haunted Veda Krishnamurthy ever since she made her international debut in 2011. Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented batters of her generation – and easily one of the most gifted and free-flowing players in India, the right-hander has struggled to live up to that billing.
She burst onto the scene as a precocious teenager, compiling a fantastic half-century on ODI debut against England, before she hit her first bump. A few quiet series followed and Krishnamurthy was subsequently (and rather cruelly) dropped for the 2013 Women’s World Cup at home.
The right-hander spent several years in the wilderness, searching for form and motivation as she plied her trade for Indian Railways on the domestic circuit. A move back to her home state, Karnataka, in 2014 seemed to do the trick for her.
Handed the responsibility of carrying the weight of a batting line-up, Krishnamurthy found that touch lost touch. She scored a mountain of runs for her state and for South Zone, to find herself back in the Indian team for the home series against New Zealand in 2015. A half-century in her second innings back, and suddenly there was no looking back. This was a new – much leaner and determined – Krishnamurthy, and it seemed as if she was finally ready to make the move from ‘gifted’ to ‘consistent.’
A fantastic little period ensued in which she scored over 500 ODI runs, including five of her eight career half-centuries. She played a memorable knock of 70 off just 45 deliveries in India’s 2017 World Cup campaign to get the team through their virtual quarter final against New Zealand. However, in the final, with India cruising to victory, Krishnamurthy’s ungainly swipe across the line, with less than 30 runs to get, will haunt the memories of hundreds of Indians forever.
After that high, Veda Krishnamurthy has continued to struggle with consistency, finally being dropped from the team in 2019. An injury to Harmanpreet Kaur saw her return to the T20I side, but she has blown hot and cold, proving her worth more as a fielder than with the bat. In the limited chances she has got lower down the order, Krishnamurthy’s returns have been minimal, leading one to wonder when the rope will finally run out.
- May 11, 2020
Strengthening grassroots programs will take time, but a WIPL could possibly lead to accelerated development of Indian domestic players.
- April 15, 2020
Wonder how to play cricket in Isolation? 🤔 Veda Krishnamurthy and team might have just solved everyone’s problem. The present to us the Isolation Cricket Cup
- March 27, 2020
With the entire world suffering from Coronavirus, there is no cricket happening globally. However, cricketers are keeping us entertained. Watch how India cricketers Jemimah Rodrigues, Poonam Yadav, Vanitha VR, England cricket Alex Hartley and others are doing in this quarantine break.
- March 23, 2020
Priyanka Roy feels that India were too dependent on Shafali Verma at the T20 World Cup, and seniors should have taken more responsibility.