We recently discovered that Glenn Maxwell, a name almost synonymous with a blistering innings and hitting big shots out of the park, is also human and just like all of us, suffers from mental health issues.
JUST IN: Glenn Maxwell to take a short break from cricket after "experiencing some difficulties with regards to his mental health"
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The only difference between the Australian cricketer and us is that he had the guts to come forward and talk about it, thereby becoming an inspiration to millions to share their problems as well.
But it is also important to recognise Cricket Australia's brilliance in managing Maxwell's unprecedented plea and giving him the confidence that his spot on the team is secured and will be waiting for him when he feels better.
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"The well-being of our players and staff is paramount. Glenn has our full support," said Ben Oliver, CA's general manager of national teams. "Cricket Australia will work collaboratively with Cricket Victoria's support staff to ensure Glenn's well-being and his reintegration into the game," he said.
The Australian cricket board was lauded for their precision and sincerity towards looking after their athletes, especially after being called out for making a hostile environment inside the locker room during the infamous sandpaper gate.
Times have changed, the world has become a lot more understanding and inclusive with the willingness to have an open mind towards acknowledging matters like mental illness. Perhaps, is this why Maxwell was able to express his concerns so openly without the fear of being judged?
What about the older times when Adam Gilchrist was at the helm of things Down Under and played in close proximity with names like Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne? Were the people ready to talk about such things back then? Did the athletes struggle more with mental health back then because nobody was willing to listen?
We asked the legendary wicket-keeper batsman first hand and here's what he said.
“There was certainly a social stigma back in the day that has genuinely gone now. People are more open to talk about things like racism and mental health and we in Australia and even the rest of the world are a lot more comfortable around it," he said.
“Personally, fortunately, I haven't had a moment in my life when I down and out wanted to quit playing the sport,” Gilchrist said. “But, I think everyone needs to have a break occasionally. Freshen up physically and mentally and just relax," he added.
“Cricket can't be your life for every minute of every day,” said the 47-year-old.
Gilly however, also goes on to compare how much more cricket there is for the present day athletes to play as compared to his younger days and what kind of toll that takes on their body and mind.
“In this day and age, it is challenging for the players because there's so much cricket. So they've got to make some smart decisions.They've got to say 'no' to a tournament and just freshen up," he said.
The Western Australia opener also showered Maxwell with a lot of praise for showing courage and letting the world how he felt.
“Clearly Glenn felt like he was in a place where he just needed to get away and all credit to him for being comfortable in having that break," the 47-year-old added.