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Updated: April 12, 2012 16:12 IST

‘The toughest battle of my life'

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Cricketer Yuvraj Singh at a press conference in Gurgaon on Wednesday.
PTI Cricketer Yuvraj Singh at a press conference in Gurgaon on Wednesday.

He used to be a dreadful fielder at a coaching camp many summers ago. He was 10 or 11. Fielding sessions would leave him embarrassed. And then he decided to improve. He did. To the extent he became one of the finest fielders and athletes on the cricket field. Yuvraj Singh's early lessons in cricket were learnt the hard way. Just as his attitude to life now after having experienced the pain and anguish of being a cancer patient.

“I am thankful to God that I got back my life. Everybody faces such issues. I will have to take care of my health. I have been through a very tough period. It has definitely been the toughest battle of my life, can't compare it with the World Cup win but playing cricket is far easier than fighting cancer,” he said in his first interaction with the media on returning home from the United States where he underwent treatment.

Starting with a “namaskaar” and “happy to be facing the Indian media after a long time,” comment, he took questions for an hour at the Yuvraj Centre of Excellence. He had answered some in the past through regular tweets. “To avoid speculation regarding my health,” he clarified. But he was very forthcoming today.

Happiness is important

A comeback to the cricket field was on his mind but not top priority. “I just want to be back. It will be a big achievement if I play cricket again. But the most important thing in life is happiness.

“Money is important, but it's important that you be happy in life. I am happy in life, I am content. Whenever I next play cricket, it will be with less stress on my mind.”

The trademark humour was subdued as Yuvraj battled fatigue. “I don't know what I would do in future. I am going to work hard. I want to wear the India cap again.”

Noted oncologist Dr. Nitesh Rohatgi assured Yuvraj had “responded well” and his progress was being “monitored” by experts. “We are glad to have him back,” gushed Dr. Rohatgi.

Yuvraj was emotional when speaking of the dreaded ailment. “Cancer has taught me a lot of things. During my chemotherapy sessions, there were some elderly patients. They inspired me. I would think, if they can be cured, why can't I. In future I would like to work and make people aware of cancer treatment.”

He gave credit to mother (Shabnam Singh) and cyclist Lance Armstrong.

“My biggest support was my mother. I don't think without her I would have made this journey. Lance was so inspiring. He is a real-life hero, a great sportsman. I stopped reading his book halfway through five-six years back. Maybe, I was destined to read it later.”

Yuvraj was evidently tired by now but sportingly took a few more questions. “Cancer is out of my system but the scar remains. In future I will definitely do something for the people.”

It was time for the interaction to end. “I just want to rest and get better,” he prayed. Hard to imagine the chirpy and restless Yuvraj being glued to the seat for an hour. But he loved it. So did the media.

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I hope yuvi will recover and come back soon on the ground. He is a good fighter.

from:  Devdatta Bhati
Posted on: Apr 12, 2012 at 13:13 IST

Yuvi is not olny a great player and a nice Human Being too...
We Love you :)

from:  Sagar
Posted on: Apr 12, 2012 at 11:45 IST

Very happy to see you back,Yuvi. We are eagerly waiting for your performance in ground.

from:  vamsikrishna
Posted on: Apr 12, 2012 at 11:19 IST

yuvi don't worry you was always a king....i hope you will soon play a good cricket...

from:  GIRISH DAMA
Posted on: Apr 12, 2012 at 09:40 IST

You are the world cup 2011 champion.....we are eagarly waiting to see your performance in comming cricket matches..all the best yuvi.

from:  Dinesh
Posted on: Apr 12, 2012 at 09:32 IST

A Positive Sportsman..Positive spirit always...Wish you speedy recovery
and good luck

from:  Aston Tumulu
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 23:58 IST

Now we want 20-20 world cup, and without yuvi it is
impossible............so get well soon yuvi and come back in indian
squad

from:  NILESH SINHA
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 22:52 IST

Get well soon yuvi,we wish to see you in indian squad very
soon.............

from:  NILESH SINHA
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 22:47 IST

It's so good that he recovered very soon ; hope he will return to blast in once again in the cricket world.
congrats uv.

from:  Muni Hemanth
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 20:19 IST

good yuvi

from:  srikanth
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 20:01 IST

Yuvi, pl. take care on your health. Pl. be on complete rest. Still there is a place left for you always.

from:  P. Sukumar
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 19:20 IST

welcome back.. you are a true hero! :)
get welll soooooonn!!!

from:  shweta rath
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 19:02 IST

All the best yuvi.....

from:  DURGARAO
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 18:50 IST

Does The Hindu not edit PTI articles? Quite a few errors and
inconsistencies in punctuation. For eg: I also wanted his 100th hundred.
He has always inspired him.
Also fun loving, hyphenated and not.

from:  Monica Hariharan
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 18:20 IST

Thank God, you are back with good health,take care of yourself first and then cricket,no hrry, you have done enough for Indian cricket - the best is World Cup - 2011

from:  ambati
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 17:57 IST

Wishing you best of luck for rest of your life. You would have learned a lot after this serious illness but what I wish is you should lead a disciplined life henceforth. Best of luck.

from:  v. rajasekaran
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 17:47 IST

god is great yuvaraj back and we wish him better and better. The Indian team need him because of his allround ability.

from:  T. Kumaraswami
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 17:32 IST

Take care of your health Yuvi .. Expecting you back in the Indian squad .. !

from:  Vivek
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 17:15 IST

welcome back yuvi......

from:  ankita
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 17:13 IST

Good Luck dear..wish to see more fireworks from your bat.

from:  rahul bansal
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 17:03 IST

Wish Yuvi all the best, hope to see him soon in the Indian kit and winning games for India..

from:  Vipul Dave.
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 16:14 IST

Great to see Yuvi back :) Wish to see him back in shape and on field very soon. Loads of Good wishes.

from:  S.S
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 16:10 IST

Thank God our Yuvraj is back. Wishing the young man sound health.

from:  Dr.Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 16:09 IST

good luck to yuvraj. god is great

from:  C.ADITHYA REDDY
Posted on: Apr 11, 2012 at 15:58 IST
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