Depression in sport or cricket had been mostly unheard of, as far as the ancient era is concerned. But again the sporting world wasn’t as demanding, and athletes or cricketers weren’t subject to enormous pressure back then. And even if sportspeople happen to experience such feelings, openly discussing it wasn’t encouraged either.
The result of not talking explicitly about those can be toxic to ranging from taking their life. Like all other sports even in cricket, cricketers have had thoughts of putting an end to their lives when things didn’t go their way either in their professional or personal lives. While some cricketers ended up taking their life, others came out on the other side of it. They reached out for help at the correct time and hence they turned out alright.
We take a look at a few cricketers, who contemplated suicide at some point:
Former Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth looked upon heading into a reasonably successful career. Even though he hadn’t cemented his place in the side, Sreesanth delivered at some grandest stages. However, it all came crashing down in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League. Along with Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, the Kerala speedster was arrested for spot-fixing. Sreesanth spent a few months in jail before BCCI slapped a life ban on him in August 2013.
He maintained his innocence throughout. Even as the Delhi court exonerated him of all the charges in 2015, the life ban remained. In the television reality show named Bigg Boss, the 37-year-old revealed that he considered suicide, watching his career fall apart. As of 2020, BCCI reduced his ban to seven years which means he would be eligible to play first-class and international cricket in September.