India’s ace batsman Yuvraj Singh is back in action and will join the country’s team to play in 12-nation tour from September. The 31-year-old player, who created history in the World Cup getting India the golden cup after two decades last year, had to bow down briefly to a rare form of lung cancer.
He had undergone chemotherapy in a New York hospital in April and returned to play cricket last month. He only recently began light training at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.“It is good to see Yuvraj back. He is fit and has fought his way back,” chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth told reporters in Mumbai recently. Now, “we have a great chance to win the World Twenty20,” said Srikkanth.
Yuvraj, who kept in touch with his fans and well-wishers through Twitter, has been thankful in many ways. “Feels like I’m going to play for India for the first time. Its a special day for me. When I was diagnosed with cancer I always thought in my heart that one day I will come back and play for India. So here I am ready to represent my country once again. Its a huge honour. I can’t wait to step on the field and wave the Indian flag!”
Born to fast bowler Yograj Singh on December 12, 1981, Yuvraj joined the Indian cricket team in 2000 playing ODIs and later began his Test match series in 2003. He rose to become the vice-captain of the ODI team in 2007.
In 2007 World Twenty20 series, he scored six sixes in a single over against England’s Stuart Broad, a rare feat in cricket history with only three parlances to cite. His triumph at the 2011 World Cup made him the Man of the Tournament after he scored 362 runs, taking 15 wickets in nine matches. India won both the matches.
He has launched the Yuvraj Singh Foundation last month and another YouWeCan to fight cancer.