Aryaman Birla, a Madhya Pradesh batsman who was part of the Rajasthan Royals (RR) side till the last IPL season, has decided to take an extended break from cricket to cope with ‘severe anxiety’, the cricketer announced in a note shared on Twitter on Friday.
Birla had been one of the players released by RR before the IPL auction, which took place in Kolkata on Thursday.
— Aryaman Birla (@AryamanBirla) December 20, 2019
Birla, a left-handed batsman, had been bought by RR before IPL 2018. He did not get a chance to be part of the RR playing XI over the last two seasons, but had been retained by the franchise before last season. This year, however, he was released.
He had not been shortlisted in this year’s IPL auction.
The 22-year-old opening batsman comes from the illustrious Birla family and his father, Kumar Mangalam Birla, is one of the major business tycoons of the country. He added that he persevered to keep playing till now but the time has come to put his mental health above everything else.
Aryaman’s note said, “It’s been a journey of hard work, perseverance, dedication and immense courage to get to this point in my cricket career. However, I’ve been coping with severe anxiety related to the sport for a while now.
“I’ve felt trapped. I’ve pushed myself through all the distress so far, but now I feel the need to put my mental health and wellbeing above all else.
“And so, I’ve decided to take an undefined sabbatical from cricket. This lovely sport is an integral part of my life and I hope to be back on the field when the time is right.”
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