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Sheldon Jackson in the Ranji

Sheldon Jackson in the Ranji

Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson was about to walk away from cricket, in December 2019. He was on the verge of shunning a game that he adored since he was 12 years old. He was feeling a sense of hopelessness even as he saw the team steadily rise to the top echelons in domestic cricket.

Problems with mental health?

At 32, he was already Saurashtra’s top batsman. Jackson’s habits and moods became noticeable as he kept to himself after a game was over. He was never a part of the team’s dinners and fun and games.

He was not comfortable talking about his mental health issues, because was not so sure how it would be perceived. His teammates thought he was thinking too much and held a lot of intensity. Jackson also felt the burden of responsibility.

Return with a bang

Subsequently, four months later, he miraculously returned to play for Saurashtra against Bengal in Rajkot. The team ended up winning their maiden Ranji trophy. Scoring 809 runs in 18 innings, he averaged at 50.56 and even became the highest run-getter in the non-plate category.

The day before Saurashtra has crowned champions, it was a week of celebrations for him as he also became a father.

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