It’s been 7 years since Andrew Flintoff announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket. Flintoff became a fan favorite after unbelievable performances in Ashes 2005 and 2007. He was then dubbed as “Freddie, The King” and some even went on saying that Ashes 2005 was when Freddie turned into Jesus. Andrew Flintoff is known as one of the best All-Rounder England has ever produced and has been “the hero” for them at many occasions for them.
Andrew Flintoff represented England in 79 Tests, 141 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 Internationals between 1998 and 2009.
He took retirement to focus on his boxing career. But he has not fought in any match after his first match in 2012, which he won.
Flintoff has suffered from depression for a long time and now he has spoken about it on a radio show last night.
“I know it stigmal is a buzz-word at the minute and people say about ‘breaking down the stigma”
“I hear it all the time and for me it’s a word that shouldn’t be used.”
‘When you’re depressed … the world passes you by, you can’t get a thought in your head’
He played a key part in Ashes wins in 2005 and 2009. He was even the number one all-rounder once.
“I’m on medication,” added Flintoff, who takes antidepressants.
“If I was playing cricket and I had a bad leg, I’d take an anti-inflammatory. If I had a headache, I’d have an aspirin or a paracetamol.”
“My head’s no different. If there’s something wrong with me, I’m taking something to help that.
“And they’re not happy pills, I don’t take a pill and I’m seeing unicorns and rainbows – I just start feeling normal after a few weeks.”