After being “completely devastated” by the recent loss of her mother and sister to COVID-19, Veda Krishnamurthy, a cricketer in the Indian Women’s Group, says she is slowly learning to grieve herself and stressed the importance of mental health care in crisis situations. Nine members of Krishnamurthy’s family battled the disease and their mother and sister died one after the other in Karnataka during the two months they died. “I believe destiny is for you, but I hoped my sister would return home. When she didn’t do that, I was completely devastated. We were all devastated,” Krishnamurthy told ESPNcricinfo in a lengthy message outlining his trauma.
“… I still have to put a brave face on the rest of the family. All I have to do in rehearsals for a couple of weeks is learn to tune myself out of my grief. But it constantly comes back to haunt you,” he said.
Medium-sized egg-laying was said to be the only one in the family that did not infect the virus and then cured all medical needs by coordinating.
It was then that he realized how difficult it would be to get basic care from many other people.
“When I was looking at my Twitter feed at the time, I felt like a lot of people were struggling with something basic to clarify what a doctor should do, whether it was isolation at home or something,” he recalled.
Speaking about the mental side of dealing with a health crisis and tragedy of such magnitude, Krishnamurthy said that his mother and sister were also anxious that he was fighting the disease.
“The strength of my mind is important. My older sister, Vatsala, had panic attacks before she died from COVID,” the 28-year-old said.
“My mother would also be terrified, the night before the virus died, in my hometown of Kadur, about 230 km northwest of Bangalore, because she knew that everyone else in the family was positive, including the children. I don’t know, but maybe that had an effect.” he said.
Krishnamurthy revealed that in the past he had addressed mental health issues and called for a structured support system for those in need.
“A lot of people playing Cricket today know what mental health is, but it’s important to accept that if the system doesn’t do anything to provide mental health care, you can afford to find and help yourself.
“I’ve had mental health issues and I’ve been looking for help fixing them myself.”
Krishnamurthy, who has played 48 ODIs and 76 T20 internationals, has been left out of the Indian Squad for his tour of England this month as the team plans to play one test, three ODIs and as many Twenty20 matches.
The BCCI received a phone call from Jay Shah, the secretary of the Jay Shah, for not having contact with a religious player from the flak who came from various neighborhoods.
“I’m not angry with people who didn’t call or send me a message. They thanked everyone who looked at me.
“I got a call from the BCCI secretary, and I didn’t expect him to be honest. He said he would visit me when he’s in Bangalore,” he said.
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