Former Australian captain Allan Border has confessed that he is suffering with Parkinson’s disease and said that it would be a ‘miracle’ if he survives till the age of 80.
While speaking to Newscorp, the Australian legend said that he didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for him. “I am pretty private person and I didn’t want people to feel sorry for me sort of thing. Whether people care you don’t know. But I know there’ll come a day when people will notice,” he said.
68-year-old Border also recalled his first interaction with the doctor and when he first learned about the disease. “I walked into the neurosurgeon and he said straight up. ‘I am sorry to tell you but you’ve got Parkinson’s. Just the way you walked in. Your arms straight down by your side, hanging not swinging. He could just tell,” Border revealed.
The Aussie said he is currently 68-yar-old and if he makes 80 then it ‘would be pure miracle.’
“I have a got a doctor friend and I said if I am I make 80, that will be a miracle, and he said ‘that will be a miracle.’ “No way am I going to get another 100, that’s for sure. I’ll just slip slowly into the west,” he added.
Notably, Border played 156 Tests between 1979 and 1994 – and led the team in 93 Tests. He was the fist batter to score 11,000 runs, and ended his career with 11,174. After retirement, Border served as an Australian selector and a known commentator.