Mental Health Over Performance Pressure

23-year-old Indian Cricketer #ArshadeepSingh was subjected to harsh and severe criticism following the dropped catch in a match against the arch-rival Pakistan in the Super 4 game of the Asia Cup held in September 2022. Some of the abuses went on to the extent of calling Arshadeep ‘Khalistani’. Arshadeep, who had sleepless nights after such disturbing events, opened up to media praising the Indian team and the supporting environment created by the team during such distressing and traumatizing times.

One of the excellent hockey players India has ever seen, Negi was haunted and shattered by the memories of the marginal 7-1 loss to the Pakistan team in the 1982 Asian Games. He not only lost his position in the team but also lost the support of his close friends.

The cricketer (Chetan Sharma) faced harsh criticism after conceding a last ball six to Pakistan’s Javed Miandad in an ODI in Sharjah in 1986. It takes real sportsperson spirit and a mental toll on you to not just accept defeat but to face the brunt of the entire nation.

After opening up about her mental struggles and depression leading up to the Tokyo Olympics, 2021, wrestler #VineshPhogat faced backlash and criticism and was also suspended by the Wrestling Federation of India for her poor performance in the Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh Phogat has been vocal about the mental health concerns of athletes.

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