Try fighting it, open up, don’t worry: Abhinav Mukund
After Glenn Maxwell got vocal about his mental health, his step has given voices to many. Virat Kohli also accepted that he also suffered from a mental breakdown in 2014. The Tamil Nadu player Abhinav Mukund has advice for every sportsperson who are facing ups and downs in their life.
In 2011, Abhinav Mukund made the debut in the Indian national cricket team. After playing 7 Test matches (played only in 2011 and 2017), he was dropped from the team. From there he started falling but Mukund coped up the difficult situation.
In the column for Cricbuzz, the player wrote about the ebb and flow in his career and how he faced it. Abhinav is a hard-hitting batsman who has played 139 first-class, 84 List A and 35 T20s.
When he was 21, he played his first Test match for the country. It was a proud moment for the player but his sudden drop from the team affected him a lot. He was also dropped from the stateside. Additionally, he went unsold in IPL. He stated that he was very embarrassed. To run away from all the miseries, he went to England to play club matches.
In club matches, he was only given the role of 12th man. The player would only carry water bottles and gloves with the hope that one day he would get the chance to play the matches. But the player didn’t lose the hopes and was back in the stateside.
He feels that his four-month escape from India has given a new life to him. Abhinav Mukund feels that everyone can not get a break from life because everyone has not the courage to come out.
To my fellow sportspersons, I say, be honest to yourself – Abhinav Mukund
Mukund advises sportsperson to be honest to himself and should try to fight the problem. If it can’t be solved than take the break because it will help him to achieve the best sooner.
“To my fellow sportspersons, I say, be honest to yourself. Try fighting it, try going back to why you started doing this in the first place, try to be resilient. But if all else fails and your conscience knows you cannot take it anymore, take a break. It’s ok to do so. I didn’t do it willingly but it helped me,” Mukund wrote in his exclusive column for Cricbuzz.
“Open up, don’t worry about what other people might think of you or what would happen to your career. Trust me, the sooner you are happier about doing what you do, the faster the road to success opens up,” Mukund added.
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