England opener Jason Roy opened up about his indefinite break from cricket, revealing that despite playing well, he wasn’t enjoying his cricket and had to take a sabbatical in order to recover.
Roy was the second English player to take a break citing mental health after all-rounder, Ben Stokes, had done the same last year. It was a tough phase for the Englishman but he managed to recuperate and return to the squad for the Netherlands ODI series.
“Things mentally weren’t right with me at the PSL. I was in a weird place because I was playing good cricket but I wasn’t enjoying myself, I wasn’t happy and it was just a dark time. It was just a good two months to come home and live a normal life for a bit after a tough couple of years.”
“(There were) a lot of months away. Over 50 days of hotel quarantine the year before and then having a child in January and having to spend time away from him was just a bit too much.” I missed the IPL to spend some time at home and it has refreshed my mind and body, and I recognized where I was at with a lot of things,” Roy was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“To be involved with a team like this for 100 games is ridiculous” – Jason Roy
Roy played his 100th game for England in the second ODI against the Dutch and celebrated with a well-made 60-ball 73 that set his team up for the run chase.
“To be involved with a team like this for 100 games is ridiculous. It’s an incredible feeling. It kind of crept up. The hundred feels very special. At least the 100th game was better than my first innings! But it’s an incredible feeling – whether I got 70 or nought here, it would have been a special day. I couldn’t be prouder. It’s an incredible feeling,” he added.
Speaking about the talismanic captain, Eoin Morgan, Roy said he will bounce back in no time. Morgan registered ducks in both the ODIs that England won.
“As soon as the result’s there and we’ve won the game, he’s (Morgan) happy. That’s just the fickle nature of the sport. If you’re behind the eight ball it’s quite tough but he’s an incredible worker, an incredible guy so I’m backing him for sure.”
“He’s the captain of our side and winning game so I think that means more to him than his scores which makes him more special to play under. He will be alright. He’ll be absolutely fine,” Roy concluded.