India’s star pacer Mohammed Shami on Saturday revealed a shocking personal story, claiming he had considered committing suicide thrice while tackling severe stress due to personal and professional problems.
Shami made this shocking revelation during an Instagram live session with his India teammate Rohit Sharma. In early 2018, Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan had accused him of domestic violence. Shami and his brother were booked for domestic violence under IPC Section 498A.
“Rehab was stressful as the same exercises are repeated every day. Then family problems started and I also suffered an accident. The accident happened 10-12 days ahead of the IPL and my personal problems were running high in the media,” Shami told Rohit on Instagram live.
Shami credited his family for their unbelievable support during the tough times which helped him get through everything.
“I think if my family had not supported me back then I would have lost my cricket. I thought of committing suicide three times during that period due to severe stress and personal problems. I was not thinking about cricket at all. We were living on the 24th floor. They (family) were scared I might jump from the balcony. My brother supported me a lot. My 2-3 friends used to stay with me for 24 hours. My parents asked me to focus on cricket to recover from that phase and not think about anything else. I started training then and sweated it out a lot at an academy in Dehradun,” Shami said.
The speedster also recalled how it took him almost a year and a half to get back on the field after his injury in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.
“When I got injured in the 2015 World cup, after that it took me 18 months to fully recover, that was the most painful moment in my life, it was a very stressful period. When I started playing again, I had to go through some personal issues, I think if my family did not support me I would not have made it, I also thought of committing suicide three times,” Shami added.