If you have even been a fan of Sourav Ganguly, you’d know how competitive the man could get. From showing up for toss later than his opponents to taking off his t-shirt and swinging it in the air just to make a point, Dada is a true fighter, and the followers of the Men in Blue love and respect him for everything that he has done for the team and the country.
However, it seems as if Ganguly’s competitive nature got the better of him when he spoke about the mental health of international cricketers who belonged to other countries in a virtual press conference on Tuesday.April 7, 2021
“I feel we Indians are a bit more tolerant than overseas (cricketers). I’ve played with a lot of Englishmen, Australians, West Indians, they just give up on mental health,” he said. “In the last six-seven months, with so much cricket being going on in the bio-bubble it’s so tough. Just going from the hotel room to the ground, handle the pressure and come back to the room and then get back to the ground again, it’s an absolutely different life.”
“Look at the Australian team, they were supposed to go to South Africa for a Test series after India played there. They refused to go there.”
Virat Kohli on Glenn Maxwell, who is on a break from cricket for mental health reasons. pic.twitter.com/0YbJEmcUKV— ICC (@ICC) November 13, 2019
“And always there’s this scare of Covid-19 – ‘hope it’s not me the next time’. You have to stay positive, you have to train yourself mentally. All of us have to train ourselves mentally so that good will happen. It boils down to training,” Ganguly said.
“You just have to deal with it. It’s the mindset that you get into. Life has no guarantees, be it in sport, business or whatever. You go through ups and downs. You just have to bite the bullet. Pressure is a huge thing in everybody’s life. All of us go through different pressures.
Virat Kohli strongly feels that professional help on the mental-health front should be a part of team set-ups ⤵— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 19, 2021
“When you play your first Test, it’s the pressure of making yourself established and making the world know that you belong at this level.
“And when you go to that level after playing many matches, it’s about keeping up the performances. A little bit of a blip and it doesn’t stop people from scrutinising you and that adds to athletes in a long way,” he added.
However, Ganguly’s comments were not taken lightly by those who have been through severe mental health issues or those who take it a bit too seriously than Ganguly does:
The guy is the board president. By saying this, he has made it harder for Indian players to come out and talk about struggling with their mental health. Discussing mental health within the Indian society is tough, Ganguly has made it harder for Indian players. https://t.co/uyKf4RHBN8— Clive (@_vanillawallah) April 7, 2021
Sourav Ganguly needs to be spoken to for his comment on mental health. Has he not read about the suicides? It’s irresponsible coming from a board that needs to lead by example, especially when cricketers are now constantly battling mental fatigue in between several bio bubbles.— Arjun (@ArjunNamboo) April 7, 2021
One of my pet peeves is loose talk about mental health. This from Sourav Ganguly is as unnecessary as it is insensitive. With mental health, each case is unique, the same case is different each day. If you've been there you would, or should, know better. https://t.co/qe4YC56XUW— Anand Vasu (@anandvasu) April 7, 2021
Coming from a country where anything to do with mind=being mental, Ganguly giving gyan on mental health to players from nations with far greater empathy & facilities for mind issues is definitely rich. But then, our top guys take pride in shooting off their mouths!— Uthra 🇮🇳 (@Bakwasbaaji) April 7, 2021
What Ganguly said reflects a generational divide in India on how issues of mental health are perceived and nothing to do with caste divide or hierarchical oppression.— Krish Bharki (@KrishKiPhD) April 7, 2021