Veda Krishnamurthy

Veda Krishnamurthy

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Does Veda Krishnamurthy smoke: Not Known Does Veda Krishnamurthy drink alcohol: Not Known When she was only 3 years old, she started playing street cricket in her hometown. She had a dream of becoming a cricketer and dream seemed a reality when she saw an advertisement in the newspaper calling out young talent for a trial camp in Bangalore. Acknowledging her dream, her parents did not hesitate even once and took her to the Karnataka Cricket Academy, where the camp was to be hosted. Irfan Sait, the coach who was supervising the camp, was left awe-struck looking at Veda’s talent. Terming the girl ‘a child prodigy’, the coach asked her parents to immediately enroll her into the academy. Her parents, however, were doubtful because enrolling into the academy meant that Veda would stay in the city all by herself, with no one to look after her. The coach, Irfan Sait, was in no mood of giving up; hence, the girl’s “temporary custody” was given to Spoorthi Ramesh, a former woman state player. The latter didn’t even think once and agreed to look after the future talent. Nonetheless, a month later, her eldest sister, Vatsala Shivakumar, rented a small house in the city and accompanied the teenager to each of her practice sessions. Not many people know that Veda is even trained in ‘Karate.’ She has also earned a black belt in Karate. Owing to her fielding skills, Veda broke into the senior Karnataka team at just 13 years of age. Soon, Veda established herself as a batswoman. Under her leadership, the Karnataka U-19 team won consecutive South Zone Inter-State Cups. In November 2015, Veda bagged a B-grade contract from the BCCI. Notably, this was the first time BCCI offered contracts to women players. In an interview, Veda said that she has a very close friendship with fellow team-mates- Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami.

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