“Completely destroyed” after recently losing her mother and sister to COVID-19, an Indian women’s cricket team Veda Krishnamurti says he is slowly learning to adjust to this grief and stresses the importance of mental health care in crisis situations.
Nine members of Krishnamurti’s family battled the disease, and her mother and sister died within two weeks of each other last month in Karnataka.
“I am a great believer in destiny for you, but I really hoped my sister would return home. When I did not return, I was completely destroyed. We were all broken to pieces,” Krishnamurti told ESPNcricinfo in a long post describing her trauma.
“… I still had to make a brave face for the rest of the family. What I had to do during those few weeks was learn to adjust to my grief. But she keeps coming back to chase you. , ” she said.
The mid-range test said she was the only one in the family not to have contracted the virus and ultimately coordinated all medical needs at the time. Then she realized how difficult it would be for several other people to access basic care.
“Looking at my Twitter feed at the time, I felt that a lot of people were struggling with something as basic as getting a doctor to instruct them on what to do – whether it was isolation at home or something else,” he recalls. she.
Speaking about the mental aspect of dealing with a health crisis and the ensuing tragedy of this magnitude, Krishnamurti said her mother and sister also suffered from anxiety while battling the disease.
“Mental strength is important. My oldest sister, Vacala, had panic attacks before she died of COVID,” the 28-year-old said.
“My mother may also have panicked because the night before she died of the virus, in my hometown of Kadur, about 230km northwest of Bangalore, she learned that everyone else in the family had tested positive, including the children. I don’t know, but maybe it affected her, “she said.
Krishnamurti revealed that she has dealt with her own mental health problems in the past and called for a structured support system for those in need.
“Many people who play cricket now know what mental health is, but it’s also important to accept that if the system doesn’t do anything to offer you mental health help, you can and should find support for yourself. if I can afford it.
“I had mental health problems and I was looking for support to solve them myself.”
Krishnamurti, who has played 48 ODIs and 76 T20 Internationals, was expelled from the Indian team for this month’s tour of England, where the team will play one test, three ODIs and as many as twenty-two games.
BCCI had pulled a flake from several ends to keep in touch with the grieving player, after which Krishnamurti received a phone call from Secretary of the Board Jay Shah.
“I’m not upset by people who didn’t call me or text me. Thanks to everyone who checked me out.
“I called the BCCI secretary, which I honestly did not expect. He said that when he was in Bangalore, he would visit me,” she said.