Indian women’s cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy went through perhaps the worst phase of her life recently. The COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave that left the people in India panicking caused casualties in mass amounts. With India recording more than 400000 cases for almost the whole of April and deaths rising, Veda Krishnamurthy’s family had become a victim of it. Krishnamurthy has opened up on the experience and dealing with it.
After Veda Krishnamurthy lost her mother in the last week of April, she also lost her sister. The 28-year old has revealed that nine members of her family had contracted the deadly virus, with her mother and sister ending up on the losing side. On the cricketing side of things, Krishnamurthy had not earned the nod for India’s upcoming tour of England either, while the BCCI had taken time to pour in their condolences.
Veda Krishnamurthy truly believed that her sister would survive and it destroyed her when she did not. The 28-year old further revealed that despite broken into pieces, she had to put a brave face for the rest of the family and learned to live with the grief. However, it came back to haunt her repeatedly.
“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. 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,” Krishnamurthy told ESPN Cricinfo.
My oldest sister, Vatsala, had panic attacks before she passed away: Veda Krishnamurthy
Veda Krishnamurthy also claimed that her sister, Vatsala, suffered from panic attacks before dying from COVID-19; hence, she believes mental strength is crucial. The middle-order batter said that her mother might have also panicked had she known that everybody else in the family tested positive for COVID-19 too.
“Mental strength is important. My oldest sister, Vatsala, had panic attacks before she passed away from COVID. 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,” he added.