FLINTOFF HAD DEPRESSION

Andrew Flintoff, or Freddie, as he is lovingly known to his fans and colleagues, has always been controversy’s child.

He was also the happy face of English cricket and his swashbuckling ways, on and off the field, were loved by most. He was England’s captain when the team brought home the Ashes trophy in 2005. He was also the captain the following year when the Aussies whitewashed their side 5-0.

Following that, he went into clinical depression and hasn’t faced the media or answered any questions about what happened during that period.

This year, he gave press statements explaining what had happened. After the shameful series defeat without a single win, he was never the same player again. He was having a drink with his father one evening after the tournament was over, and he suddenly broke down. He told his father that he had tried his best, but just couldn’t do it. He didn’t want to play anymore.

He was the captain of England, successful and financially well off. But all of that was little solace for the fun-loving, carefree Freddie Flintoff. He didn’t want to get out of bed and face the Aussies.

His friends and family saw his condition and believed he was going into depression. This was weird, considering that just over a year back, he was reveling on the streets following their victory in the Ashes. He also won BBC’s Sports Personality of the year award and received an MBE.

As he speaks about the phase in his life when nothing appealed to him, not even the sport he had grown to love since childhood, the BBC follows his life story in a documentary titled “Freddie Flintoff: Hidden Side of Sport”. The documentary airs on 11th January on BBC1 and promises to provide an insight into what went on in one of the country’s greatest sporting icons.

FLINTOFF REVEALS NIGHTMARES

Former England all round cricketer Andy Flintoff has admitted that the 5-0 loss to arch rivals Australia in the Ashes series of 2007 left the morale of the team at an all time low and that period for him personally was one of despair, having suffered from depression for days on end.

Flintoff added that at the time they could not believe what had happened and how they managed to go from winning the series 2-1 at home to being completely decimated in a matter of months.

According to Freddie, none of his teammates spoke of those days in the dressing room and a disappointed pall of gloom had descended on them. What hurt Andy Flintoff more was that they had meekly surrendered the historic urn of the ashes of cricket to their arch nemesis, the Aussies just before Christmas. If you had thought of placing a cricket bet on an Australian whitewash you could have won an absolute fortune.

He added that while he was having a drink with his dad at home on Christmas Eve, they were talking about the loss in the series and at the moment, he could not hold back his tears and cried for days on end. According to Flintoff, he had said to his dad that he tried to give his best on the field but admitted that the Australians were far superior to them at that time.

He was captain of the England cricket at that time, financially stable and with enough confidence to go out with his head held high to face the Aussies but after the series loss, he couldn’t bear to even get out of bed.

However, Andy Flintoff is extremely happy that the England team has now reached their pinnacle of glory and Australia are languishing below them and feels privileged to have been a part of the side.