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Glenn Maxwell:

Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell took a two-month break in October 2019, opting out of the remainder of the T20I series with Sri Lanka, to focus on his mental health. After a two month recuperation period, Maxwell returned to the side and delivered an outstanding performance, earning him a Man of the Match for Melbourne Stars in the Australian Big Bash League. Australia head coach, Justin Langer lauded Maxwell for his courage in admitting that he was struggling from mental health issues. Image credit: By www.davidmolloyphotography.com from Sydney, Australia - 2018.02.03.22.38.28-Glenn Maxwell-0003, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67930142

10 sports personalities who have battled mental health issues

Madhya Pradesh batsman, Aryaman Birla, son of industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, recently released a statement on Instagram saying that he would be taking an indefinite break from cricket to focus on his mental health. The young player had also been a part of Rajasthan Royals and played two seasons of IPL.

Often a taboo subject, especially in sports where it is mostly about performance, winning and constantly exceeding expectations, discussions around mental health are slowly gaining momentum as more players come out with their stories of battling depression, anxiety and mental health issues.

We take a look at the sports personalities who have opened up about their mental health struggles: