Shami’s life turned upside down after coming back from the 2018 South African tour. His now-estranged wife, Hasin Jahan, accused Shami of domestic violence. She also involved his brother and family accusing them of an attempt to murder.
“I think if my family had not supported me back, then I would have lost my cricket. I thought of committing suicide three times during that period due to severe stress and personal problems,” Shami told Rohit on Instagram Live session.
Also, Shami revealed that he wanted to jump off the 24th floor of his building. “I was not thinking about cricket at all. We were living on the 24th floor. They (family) were scared I might jump from the balcony. My brother supported me a lot,” added Shami.
Fearing Shami’s tendencies, his family and friends gave ample support to the fast bowler, by being there for him at all times.
“My 2-3 friends used to stay with me for 24 hours. My parents asked me to focus on cricket to recover from that phase and not think about anything else,” Shami further added.
Shami even threw light on another dark phase of his life, which came during recovery from his knee injury, post-2015 ODI World Cup. The Bengal bowler recently stated about playing the entire tournament with a broken knee, intaking painkillers and injections.
“When I got injured in the 2015 World cup, after that it took me 18 months to fully recover, that was the most painful moment in my life, it was a very stressful period. When I started playing again, I had to go through some personal issues, I think if my family did not support me I would not have made it, I also thought of committing suicide three times,” Shami added.
Despite all odds, Shami came back in the national team and kept taking wickets in all formats of the game to become the pace spearhead for the country.