Former Aussie leg-spinner has revealed in his new book that he considered suicide at a stage after retiring from all forms of cricket. He has stated the reason as a marriage breakdown had provoked him to consider ending his life.
Hogg has been part of Australia’s triumphs in the 2003 and 2007 world cups. After that, Hogg hung up his boots in 2007-08. Hogg states in his autobiography that it was an attempt to save his marriage with former wife Andrea.
Hogg’s autobiography is named “The Wrong’Un” in which he gives the details of how he broke down when the marriage was over. He turned to alcohol and was unable to get himself going with an office job. His autobiography released on Monday.
He also writes about the times when he used to park his car at the Port Beach and walked along the shore. Hogg also used to stare at the sea and have weird thoughts in his mind which he writes about.
“I parked my car at (Fremantle’s) Port Beach and went for a walk.” “I’d stare at the sea and think, I could swim out to that groyne (stone or concrete structure), and if I make it back, fine. If I don’t make it back … well, hard luck.”
“I was prepared to let fate decide. I was in a really dark place. I did that drive four times. And each time I thought about doing something really drastic.”
“Thinking and doing are two completely different things, thankfully.”
Hogg has taken a number of 156 wickets in the 123 one day international matches he has played and has an average of 20.25 with the bat. He has also played in one of the world’s biggest domestic tournament the IPL at the age of 44 for Kolkata Knight Riders last year. But he is not over yet. Hogg has bounced back from the dark patch of his life and is currently playing for Melbourne Renegades in this season’s big bash league.