Strome of sadness: Veda’s mother and sister loses to covid-19
By Sarita Dey
on Fri May 07 2021
Indian women cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy’s mother Cheluvamba Devi died to covid-19. Her sister (Vatsla Shivkumar) also died to covid-19 on Thursday.
Veda’s sister age 45 years and her treatment in a private Hospital (Chikmangluru). Her mother has died two weeks same reason.
She has two elder sisters and one brother.
Veda said in a tweet-
“It is with great sadness that last night my family had to say goodbye to My Akka My family, my world has been rocked to its core. Appreciate all the messages and prayers. My thoughts with everyone going through these devastating times. Hold your loved ones tight and stay safe,” Veda tweeted.
According to Veda’s childhood coach Irfan Sait, Vatsala’s demise, coming closely on the heels of her mother Cheluvamaba Devi’s death had “completely broken” the 28-year-old.
In fact, Vatsala had a major role to play in Veda making it big as an international cricketer. “After Vatsala’s husband passed away in 2003 in a road accident, she and 12-year-old Veda migrated from Chikmagalur to Bengaluru to fuel her younger sibling’s cricketing aspirations,” Irfan Sait told.
“Vatsala’s presence gave her (Veda) strength. She realised the potential in her sister, and shifted to Bengaluru because back then, there were hardly any opportunities for an upcoming woman cricketer at her hometown in Chikmagalur. Without Vatsala’s efforts, Indian women’s team would not have had a player of Veda’s calibre,” Sait explained.
Veda has featured in 48 ODIs and 76 T20Is for India. She was an integral part of the team that played in the final of the 2017 Women’s World Cup against England at Lord’s. Veda is also amongst the select group of women’s cricketers from India who have participated in franchise cricket abroad.