Moises Henriques talks about his mental illness
He also urged the people to spread awareness about the same.
Updated - Aug 1, 2018 12:45 pm
Moises Henriques, at the start of his career, was deemed to be a potent all-rounder for Australia. He made his international debut back in 2009 in a T20I against New Zealand. In the same year, he made his ODI debut against India at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi. Four years later in 2013, the Portugal-born cricketer forayed into Test cricket with his maiden match against India in Chennai.
However, he hasn’t been able to stay put in his position in the lineup. The 31-year old has played four Tests, 11 ODIs and as many T20Is in which he has racked up 164, 81 and 159 runs respectively. His last international assignment was during the Men in Yellow’s tour of India last year. Recently, he played for the Montreal Tigers in the inaugural edition of the Global Canada T20.
Henriques’ troubled journey
He scored 221 runs in six matches at an average of 36.83 along with a couple of half-centuries to show for his efforts. Henriques was also the skipper of the New South Wales in Australia’s domestic circuit. He stepped down as the skipper in the second half of the 2017-18 Sheffield Shield season and was then replaced by Peter Nevill.
Recently, the cricketer opened up and wrote about mental illness where he expressed his gratitude towards the supporters who have stood by him during his tumultuous times. He also urged the people to spread awareness about the same in order to help others to counter psychological turmoil. He took to Twitter to write his heart out.
He wrote, “I’ve been a long time sufferer of mental illness. During this time, I was extremely fortunate to have amazing support and love from family and friends. Add to that the backing from my employers and the huge amount of resources we have at hand as professional athletes to guide me through my recovery. It dawned on me during my struggle, how would someone cope with mental health challenges without these support structures in place to help them. No family o friends, no finance or support from employers- I have no idea how you’d survive. Young boys and girls have to go through this everyday- they often end up with addiction problems or homeless.
So, please help me raise awareness in Australia so we can hopefully provide some better resources for their recovery by clicking the link below. Peace *****”
Here is Henriques’ tweet
— Moises Henriques (@Mozzie21) July 31, 2018