Cricketing star Veda Krishnamurthy, who was playing her first World Cup in 2017, quick-fired runs and guided India to a historic win. She is one of the powers behind India’s successful scoreboard in the World Cup finals. Recently, Veda has been honoured with the tag of Vijaya Karnataka sportsperson of the year.

Since her debut in 2011 against England, was just 18 years old — youngest in the team —  Veda has been a regular member of the Indian playing XI. In 2017, she became a sensational batswoman who would pair with Captain Mithali Raj and the rest is history. She played the most number of matches and scored 238 runs in the same year and led India to the semi-final of the ICC Women’s World Cup.

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The youngest of four siblings, Veda’s parents wanted her to be an IAS or IPS officer. Despite having a strong interest in cricket, to boost self-confidence and physical fitness, she was enrolled in a martial arts class as a child. At the age of 12, she earned a double black belt, which eventually helped her stint in cricket.

At 13, she began the journey as a cricketer. She later joined Karnataka Institute of Cricket under the supervision of Irfan Sait. Veda played an important role in India’s journey to finals. She made news when she scored 70 from 45 balls and crushed New Zealand by 186 runs and guided India to a historic win.

“Success got to my head,” she told Cricbuzz. “I was 18 when I played for India and scored a fifty against England on debut. I feel I got carried away.”

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“I, as a person, as a player, changed drastically after that incident. Those years taught me a lot. I played for a different team rather than my state and that experience gave me strength. I’ve learnt my lessons the hard way.”

Veda also becomes the third Indian player to play the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) and looks up to Suresh Raina’s batting and fielding.

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