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Marcus Trescothick:

 In 2006, former England captain, Marcus Trescothick cut short his tour of India, initially claiming that he was suffering from a virus. He later revealed that he had been suffering from anxiety attacks ever since he was 10 years old. While Trescothick returned to country cricket afterwards, his constant battles with his mental health led him to declare an early retirement from international cricket in 2008. Trescothick has documented his struggles in his autobiography, Coming Back to Me.  Image credit: By Ngb at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6887001

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: