AB de Villiers (L) and Veda Krishnamurthy (Image courtesy: AFP/Getty Images).
AB de Villiers (L) and Veda Krishnamurthy (Image courtesy: AFP/Getty Images).

The talk of the season has been ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. With individual records tumbling here and there, teams showing stiff competition through, we have already witnessed many close finishes. However, India women cricketer, Veda Krishnamurthy, indulged with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) superstar, AB de Villiers, in the middle of all the hullabaloo. The topic of discussion was more inclined towards women cricket and its growth in the recent years. ABD and Veda spoke about the role of women cricket in the sport, and how it is #ItsHerGameToo (an RCB initiative).

Veda commenced by asking whether having more women commentators during mega events and T20 leagues, such as IPL, Big Bash League etc, creates an impact or not? De Villiers’ reply was in positive, and he made it clear that he is a big believer of women’s cricket, and admires their development over the years.

During India’s tour of South Africa in January-February 2018, Indian women cricketers played double headers — locking horns with their counterparts at the same venue before the men’s. Veda pointed out that such initiatives do help in grabbing more eyeballs for women’s cricket. The former South African skipper agreed, and stated, “it brings people to the ground, and I have always been a fan of double-headers.” De Villiers revealed that he is now better aware of international women cricketers, and know few of the known faces’ game style.

Further more, de Villiers’ said that their men’s side have mingled a lot with their country’s women cricketers and have become good friends by virtue of playing at the same ground. In addition, the swashbuckling batsman concluded by saying that by having women cricketers play ahead in the same venue, they (men’s) get to know about the nature of the surface as well (smiles).

Veda appreciated ABD’s thought process, and urged that they (women players) are equally passionate, competitive and play the game in the right spirit.

The interactive session ended with few quick questionnaires. ABD got few right, and messed up totally with a simple one.