Indian women recently whitewashed the T20 world cup winners West Indies women cricket team in a three-match one-day international series which took place in India. The main architecture with the bat for team India was young and talented right-handed batswoman Veda Krishnamurthy.
In the opening one-day international of the three-match series, Veda announced herself on the big stage with a gritty fifty which actually guided her team to the victory. Visitors West Indies were bowled out for a gettable total of 131 runs which was looking easy for India, but when they lost four early wickets, then it was a balanced match from there. But Veda, with captain Mithali, took the team over the line with a partnership of over hundred.
There wasn’t much left to do in the second one-day match for Veda as Indian top order fired that day and chased the target of 154 down very easily. Veda just came and gave finishing touch to sum up their strong batting that day.
But in the third and final one day, the scenario was totally different than the first two matches. Yes, they had already won the series but still they wanted to give a whitewash and strong statement to other oppositions. Veda was again the one for the rescue of her team with her aggressive batting.
India were three down in the early stages and the had to set a target this time, they chased around 150 very easily in previous encounters so they wanted around 200 to make sure of a win. Veda batted with calm and composure and with more awareness this time and compiled an impressive innings of 71 which set the platform for Indian victory as they posted 199 eventually winning the match by 14 runs.
Veda also feels that fitness is important because when you convert those singles into doubles and doubles into triples then oppositions gets under more pressure. “More than fitness, it is your analysis of whether it is a run or a run-out. Even though you are quick, if you’re just running when there is no run, there is no point because you won’t be able to make it,” she added.
With 131 runs under her belt in the one-day series with an average of 131, Veda is looking to cement her place into the side in the coming years. Her experience and aggressiveness will obviously help the young girls coming into the team plus any team needs a solid and aggressive batsman at 4 or 5 down.