Victoria’s star trio prove demons don’t discriminate
And that their teammate Glenn Maxwell would be at the forefront this summer as one of the world's finest exponents of short-form cricket.
Hopefully all three prophecies will still eventuate.
But a wide umbrella of mental health issues has temporarily halted their careers.
From an Australian perspective dealing with players and their mental demons is relatively new.
But as players become more susceptible to vicious social media attacks and exhaustion from taxing cricketing schedules they are also becoming more open about admitting their problems.
Across the globe the grind of English country cricket mixed with international representation has long been taking victims, from hard-nosed batsmen in Graham Thorpe, Marcus Trescothick and Jonathan Trott to the wonderfully eccentric spinner Monty Panesar.
In the case of Maxwell, he is said to be a victim of the circus, someone who finally succumbed to mental and physical exhaustion after 18 constant months on the road.
While he and every other Australian cricketer is advised of the perils of social media, a player of Maxwell's profile ensures he must enter the dark side on occasions to fulfil marketing and sponsorship obligations.
Maddinson has not been worn down by international commitments.
He is a young man who displayed the self-confidence to travel to Victoria from Sydney without the guarantee of a contract, and immediately started making runs.
But he has had some off-field issues to deal with that he is now confident have been put in place, allowing him to shortly resume his spot in the Victorian line-up and attempted return to the Australian side.
This leaves the richly talented Pucovski, whose anxiety levels have previously been such that he even broke down on-field during a huge Sheffield Shield score.
Pucovski is smart enough to know that the vagaries of cricket say that success will always be followed by failure - such as an unplayable early ball which reduces you to sitting on your posterior for the next few hours.
As such cricket bears no similarities to Australian rules, a game that in its final match of 2018 saw a pair of forwards in Jack Darling and Mason Cox play as if invisible in the first half, before tearing the Grand Final apart in the final two quarters.
Whereas AFL provides participants with speedy redemption - take Jack Darling's breakout second half of the 2018 Grand Final after an invisible first half - cricket can send sane men to dark places.
Then comes the ever-increasing meetings with so-called experts to help overcome the fear of failure - an anxiety that Pucovski would appear to be suffering from.
As one vastly experienced cricket head explained on Thursday, counsellors and mind coaches often revisit the catalyst for depression, as was the case for the Victorian team when David Hookes died after being punched outside the Beaconsfield Hotel in 2004.
While a series of batting failures should never be compared with the tragic death of a larger than life former cricketer, try telling that to the out-of-form batsman at the time.
That's how great the pressures can become, and how far-reaching their ramifications can be.