Team India bat Veda Krishnamurthy said the nine-run defeat to England in the final of the Women’s World Cup last Sunday was a tough pill to swallow however the team is happy with what they achieved in the tournament.
“We had it in our hands and it took some of days to sink in. Later we told ourselves no one expected U.S. to succeed inthe final. we gave our greatest and everybody should be happy with what we’ve achieved,” she said.
Veda, an aggressive bat by nature, was playing a gem of a knock but failed to take her team past the finish line after playing a rash shot to get out. The right-hander was playing aggressively throughout her innings. Although she gave away two chances, it was working for the team until she skied one to Natalie Sciver of the bowling off Anya Shrubsole in the 45th over. Speaking about the knock and how she felt after getting out, she said that she was cursing herself. (Smriti Mandhana reveals moments of heartbreak from India’s dressing room after World Cup final defeat)
“I was literally cursing myself and saying what have I done? Everything boiled down to me and I said you have really spoiled the game. At the same time once I went to bat I was looking for runs. I was taking risks. But it was on one occasion that it didn’t come off. Won’t regret it but it will always stay,” said Veda.
“Perhaps next time I will get the team through,” she added. (World Cup performance can bring about ‘revolution in women’s cricket’: Jhulan Goswami)
The Karnataka-born girl also said that she was happy that she got to play her natural game under pressure in a big tournament.
“I’m happy I played my brand of cricket. In final I was never under pressure. I said to myself if it’s in your zone, go for it. If I had any self doubt, I would not have scored quickly. I’m happy that I have been able to play this way in a big tournament,” she said.
The 24-year-old said that she has always been an aggressive bastswoman and she’s not going to change her approach.
“From the time I stared playing I never liked the defensive approach. Never played the anchor role. Have always been the person who goes there and gets runs as quick as possible. I have always enjoyed it. If I play 10 balls and get 29 runs, it’s more satisfying,” she said.
When asked about playing big franchise based tournaments like Women’s Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League, she said that she would love to grab the opportunity and play outside her comfort zone.
“If given as choice of playing Big Bash or any league I would be very happy because playing outside your comfort zone is great and teaches you as lot of things. I would be the first one to grab it,” said Veda.
“If there’s an IPL for us…nothing like it because Indians would get to come in the limelight like men. So many have played India because of IPL,” she added.
She signed off by saying that India will look to make the semis of the World T20 that is coming up next.
“Next up is the World T20. We will not pressurise ourselves to win but try to get semis first then final,” said Veda before signing off.