Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques has finally disclosed his fight with depression which disturbed his mood a few years ago. He also went on to reveal how he failed to cope with mental health issues where he also contemplated committing suicide during a Sheffield Shield game.
However, it was due to his closed ones, Moises Henriques decided against attempting suicide and made the right decision. During a recent podcast, Henriques said that if anyone googles about symptoms of depression, then he was having every snippet of it in the year 2017.
I lost about 10 kg weight in four weeks: Moises Henriques
The 33-year-old Aussie international also opened up that he was going through a very tough phase where he lost 10 kg weight in four weeks.
“If you looked up the depression symptoms on Google, I was ticking off every single one of them, and quite severely. I lost about ten kilos in maybe four weeks. I went from 98 kilos to 88 kilos in the space of four weeks,” Moises Henriques told Neroli Meadows on the Ordineroli Speaking Podcast.
Moises Henriques had recalled an instance from a Sheffield Shield game where he won the toss and opted to bowl against Tasmania at Bankstown Oval. According to Henriques, he expected a greener top where the bowlers will get assistance from the track, but that didn’t turn out as expected.
The batting team declared their side on day two after posting 450 runs on the scoreboard. He also added that in the 1st innings his side was struggling at 90/5. Besides, he failed to make his presence count on the pitch where he got out after scoring only 20 runs.
When Moises Henriques shed tears in the car
Henriques also repeated that while going back home at the end of Day-2, he was driving his car at extreme speed and also planned to go and bang it into a poll. However, the consequences stopped him from taking the drastic step.
Afterwards, he started shedding tears in the car. “I won the toss at Bankstown Oval in a Shield game against Tasmania, and we elected to bowl on what I thought was going to be a green seamer. At the end of the day, they were 2/290. Come day two, they get 450, declare, and we’re 5/90 going into the end of day two. I got out for like 20-odd.
“I remember driving down the M5 back home, doing 110 km/h, and I remember thinking to myself in the car, ‘If I just ran straight into this pole here, what would happen? What would be the consequence of what would happen?’ I can’t do that. It’s not fair on my brothers, it’s not fair on [my partner] and it’s not fair on all these people who are there for me. I can’t leave my team with ten men for the next two days. Also, I ended up having to pull over because I was crying so heavily and I was shaking. I had to pull over, just took five minutes,” the cricketer said.
In the recent past, cricketers have been finding it really hard to deal with mental health issues. This particular issue came to light after Glenn Maxwell took an indefinite break from international cricket during the T20I series between Australia and Sri Lanka.