India pacer Mohammed Shami opens up about suicidal thoughts

Ruben Hill
May 5, 2020

Shami battled weight issues, injury and a legal quarrel with his estranged wife before a stellar performance at the World Cup last year re-established the 29-year-old as a key player.

Shami, while speaking to teammate Rohit Sharma live on Instagram, divulged into the specifics of his darkest days among from which he experienced during the 2015 World Cup. "Someone used to stay with me 24*7, I was not well mentally, my family was there for me, if your family is there then you can get through any situation. I thought of committing suicide three times during that period due to severe stress and personal problems", Shami revealed during the session on Saturday. "I wasn't thinking about cricket", Shami revealed. "The house was on the 24th floor and they were afraid that I might jump out of my apartment", he said.

The pacer later went through a hard period in 2018 after estranged wife Hasin Jahan had accused Shami and his family of alleged domestic abuse while also accusing the India pacer of age fudging and match-fixing.

The obnoxious string of injuries kept him out of the national squad for over a year.

Shami said his family stood like a rock with him and the support helped him get back on his feet. "My parents asked me to focus on cricket to recover from that phase and not think about anything else", he said. He further said that whenever Shami sees a bowling friendly wicket in the sessions, he started bowling much better.

He added, "My family explained that every problem has a solution no matter how big the problem". "My brother was with me, a few of my friends were with me and I will never forget them and if they were not there I would have done something drastic".

Shami attributes the support he got from his family as the reason why he managed to bounce back from that phase to become an integral part of the Indian team in all formats. At the 2019 World Cup, he became the second Indian bowler after Chetan Sharma to take a hat-trick in the marquee event.

Shami has claimed 180 wickets in 49 Tests and 144 scalps in 77 one-day internationals since making his debut for India in 2013.

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