India’s legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has said English all-rounder Ben Stokes needs to uncover the reason for his mental health problems that led him to take an indefinite break from cricket days before the England-India five-game test series begins.
Gavaskar’s point of view is that, revealing his reason, Stokes could help teenagers and other gamers deal with their own mental health issues. Stokes had shocked the cricket world by announcing his break from cricket, which had the full support of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), England Test Captain Joe Root, and the entire English team.
If Stokes could come out and say that is why it will help a lot of the younger players: Sunil Gavaskar
Ben Stokes lost his father Ged in December 2020 after suffering from cancer for a long time. He then broke his finger in the IPL 2021 game for Rajasthan Royals (RR), was in rehabilitation and had just returned to cricket in the Hundred.
He was appointed early by the ECB to lead the English team in their ODI series against Pakistan after first-choice players were isolated in camp due to COVID-19 infections. Despite leading England to a 3-0 series win with many new faces, Stokes said he still had to recover from his finger injury and wanted to take time out from the game.
Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar argued that if Stokes revealed the reasons for his mental break, it could help other young players open up to their problems and get help.
“What would help others who are in a similar situation would be if these players pointed out the real reason for this mental illness. For example, is it the fear of failure, is it the burden of expectations, is it the fear of resistance or the fear of injury? These are some of the things that can cause psychological stress. “ said Gavaskar in a press conference.
“So if Stokes could come out and say that is the reason, it will help a lot of younger players who are in the same situation. They would think that it’s not just them and that even a great player like Stokes with one Situation is facing. ” like these. If you are just saying mental health it is a common problem, so I hope someone can figure out why and that will surely help the others. “ he said.
The first test between England and India begins on August 4th in Nottingham.
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