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After Glenn Maxwell got vocal about his mental health, his step gave voices to many cricketers. Many players have accepted that they have gone to the depression stage at least once in their career. Virat Kohli also has admitted that he suffered from a mental breakdown in 2014. Now, the West Indies legend Brian Lara has spoken about the subject.
Brian Lara, the record holder of scoring 400 runs in a Test innings, recalled when he was suffering from the pressure of being a record holder that affected his performance. He said that it was not easy for him to speak up at that time.
.. From the beginning of my international career in 1989 to about 1995, it was on an upward spiral. I don’t think a lot of people will appreciate (but) from 1995-98, it was on a downward spiral,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
“I felt the pressures of being a double world-record holder, (it) played its part and the West Indies team was on its decline.”
‘Mental health issue is real’- Brian Lara
The 50-year-old is still a record holder of the highest individual score in Test cricket and first-class cricket. At the charity golf event in Mumbai on last Friday (6th December), Brian Lara was delighted that today the player can speak up about the mental health. The former West Indies cricketer said that the mental health issue is real and the everyone should stand up and talk about the subject.
“I remember on occasions where I lay in my room, feeling the despair. It [mental health issue] is real, it is part of all sport, and it is coming to the fore now with a lot more aggression. Players are at least standing up and saying ‘I need just to remove myself, fight myself and come back again’.”
“[It’s] something that we should stand up and pay attention to.”