Ace cricketer Mohammed Shami has opened up about his struggles with career and personal issues.
Shami, who has proved himself as one of India’s best bowlers in recent years, spoke about the darkest phase of his life during an Instagram chat with teammate Rohit Sharma.
The 29-year-old player revealed that he had thought of committing suicide as many as three times during his cricket career.
Here’s what he said.
When pressure took a toll on Shami
Pressure caused Shami to lose his focus.
He said, “I was not thinking about cricket at all. We were living on the 24th floor. They (family) were scared I might jump from the balcony.”
“My friends used to stay with me. My parents asked me to focus on cricket to recover from that phase and not think about anything else,” he added.
Family support helped him through tough times
Speaking more on the issue, Shami said, “I think if my family had not supported me back then I would have lost my cricket. I thought of committing suicide three times during that period due to severe stress and personal problems.”
Injuries affected Shami’s career
Shami was at his best during the 2015 World Cup. However, his performance began to suffer due to injuries after that. He could not be included in the national squad for more than a year owing to a string of injuries.
Adding to his troubles, his relationship with his wife Hasin Jahan also began to suffer.
A very stressful period for Shami
Shami feels that phase of his life was very stressful and all that stress and pressure took a toll on him.
He said, “When I got injured in the 2015 World Cup, after that it took me 18 months to fully recover, that was the most painful moment in my life, it was a very stressful period.”
Speaking about how supportive his family was during that period he said, “My family explained that every problem has a solution no matter how big the problem.”