Flamboyant Indian women's batter Veda Krishnamurthy has said that she isn't too perturbed by the current drought of runs and is working extremely hard over her game before the all-important World T20 in the Caribbean.
Krishnamurthy, who is a terrific fielder in the side and has scored crucial runs lower down the order across 43 ODIs and 38 T20Is for the country, is a confident cricketer and knows, it's only a matter of time before one brilliant knock turns it all around.
"The last good series I had was the one against South Africa (in February). After that, I hit a lean patch," Veda was quoted saying, "But I'm not losing sleep over it because I can't afford to get weighed down by the situation. I can't let myself down," she reiterated, "If I do, then it is going to destroy all that I have worked for through my career. So, it is important for me to put my head down, work on my game and get the flow back. I've been working hard in that direction."
"The support from the team is keeping me in a good space. The coaches and players have rallied around me and motivated me to work harder," she added.
It is the experience gained, Veda said, through a maiden stint in the Women's Big Bash League for Hobart Hurricanes, this year, that has helped her get mentally stronger and become a better player in all aspects.
She said, "In Australia, I had to get out of my comfort zone because the Indian team is like a family. The experience of a new team, culture and players made me more matured and responsible. Also, I had a lot of time to think about myself and my game."
Veda also emphasized that she is confident of India's good showing in the WT20, which starts on November 9, and said, "As a team, we have been preparing for the World Cup through the bilateral series (against Sri Lanka) and at national camps. Our immediate aim is to get past the group stages. It is a tough pool with Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan, who can be dangerous on their day."
"I wouldn't say we will be under pressure. Instead, I think, we have set high standards and now it is important for us to stay close to it. We want to make sure we play quality cricket and get better day-by-day. We don't worry about what people say, but we want to stick to what we have outlined for ourselves as a team," she signed off.
(Inputs from Cricbuzz)