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Updated: December 17, 2011 16:35 IST

‘There is nothing like good health’

Vijay Lokapally
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ETCHED IN MEMORY: Yuvraj Singh poses in front of a painting by a fan at his home in Gurgaon on Thursday. Photo: Vijay Lokapally
The Hindu ETCHED IN MEMORY: Yuvraj Singh poses in front of a painting by a fan at his home in Gurgaon on Thursday. Photo: Vijay Lokapally

Yuvraj Singh, his flamboyance on hold, is prisoner of an ailment that has shaken him and his family. The melancholy of being forced to stay away from the game slowly fading

Fifty-five tablets a day and the solitude of his room; Yuvraj Singh, his flamboyance on hold, is prisoner of an ailment that has shaken him and his family.

A lung infection, that left him breathless and drained and finally pushed him out of cricket temporarily, has become a vicious enemy. “I am fighting. That is all I can,” says Yuvraj, striking a cheerful front, the melancholy of being forced to stay away from cricket slowly fading from his life.

“It was a very scary period,” says mother Shabnam Singh. It was. She could not even cry. “Yuvi won't let me.” Yuvraj is a strong “lad” and kept reassuring his mother “Don't worry. I'll come out of it.” The illness was dreadful.

Yuvraj confesses, “I was totally shaken. Not allowed to do this, not allowed to do that. Life was difficult. I know my mother kept crying for the first two days. We didn't know what to do. Can't step out of the house for fear of contracting some virus.” Tumour in the lung it was. But thank God, it was non-malignant.

“I've seen a lot. Success, failure, good and bad times! But this was shattering. A proper icing on the cake,” he laughs. “It was very, very hard to deal with and I can't really explain in words.”

Turbulent period

Yuvraj, 30, was going through the most turbulent period of his career. Six to eight injuries in 2010 had toughened him, prepared him, for bigger conquests. The World Cup was a golden phase. “I was living a dream. Winning the World Cup (with the Man-of-the-Series award). I was the happiest man on earth. To be detected with tumour. I was wondering. Was it a great year or my worst?”

Support came from family, friends, and thousands of well-wishers. “I won't know most of them but their prayers worked. When doctors said the tumour was non-malignant it was a huge load off my chest. I could suddenly breathe easily.”

But there were very depressing moments. “I would think if it was cancerous, my God, I wouldn't play cricket any more.”

Cricket was all that occupied his mind. “But I also thought I wanted to live. It was life-threatening but then I couldn't just sit and cry. That wouldn't have been me. Those moments made me a tougher man.”

Yuvraj did confide with some senior members of the team but kept the juniors out of the loop. “I am not the one to seek sympathy. I am a self-made man and wanted to fight my battles on my own.

“Sort out my issues myself. My parents were worried but they were also looking after me like none could. I didn't want to think that I won't play cricket again. May be six months, may be one year or may be more. But I was sure I would return to the cricket field.”

New mantra

Staring at the walls in his new Gurgaon home, Yuvraj discovered a new mantra. “I learnt that cricket is not everything. The fame and adulation that comes is not permanent. But the affection of your friends and family stays with you life-long. There is nothing like happiness. For me happiness was always playing cricket. But I know now, there is nothing like good health.” He has matured hugely in the last few months.

Yuvraj, who last played a competitive match on October 25, begins ‘nets' a week from now. Realistically, he has set sights on the one-day series in Australia begining February 5. “I have to find time to prepare.” Also find time to take “mom” on a drive in his Lamborghini. She never has. Why? “It touches 100 kmph in three seconds. She is scared!” his laughter lights up his mother's face.

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We are proud of you . yuvraj you will agin back with your good health.
jai maa durga .love u bro

from:  deb
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 16:33 IST

dear yuv donot worry agar ye dukh aaya hai parmatma sukh bhi dega your loving fan from canada

from:  guddi
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 08:27 IST

dear yuvi yug yug jeo may god help you and live long life forever.

from:  jas
Posted on: Dec 20, 2011 at 08:06 IST

Dont worry yuvi. we know you will be back with a bang. we pray for you. You are an excellant cricketer.i love your courage and passion about cricket.I m sure we will see you again in the team with in few months.. becose we are with u yuvi....

from:  saltial
Posted on: Dec 17, 2011 at 09:38 IST

A little shock to hear this. In my opinion - you are the man who recovers to field every time with more energy and your match winning perfromances. Always There is a room for man of force.On the field soon!

from:  Satish
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 23:31 IST

dear yuvraj you will gain back your good health with your own WILL POWER. our prayers are also there for you. me being elder to you would like to tell you to take the blessings of parents daily by prostrating at their feeT. WISHING you a wealthier HEALTH and healthier wealth.all the best with seasons greetings and best wishes for a happy and victorius NEW YEAR 2012.

from:  P T Sridharan
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 20:55 IST

Get well soon....

from:  ashwani
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 19:31 IST

Get well soon yuvi,we all are here to support you not only on the field but also off
the field. dont worry we are very confident that you will make a strong come back
like a hero. yu are hero ...world cup hero to all 100 crore Indians .....

from:  teja
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 16:48 IST

You will get well soon Yuvi..!

from:  Sugi Ganesh
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 16:32 IST

Cricket teaches us to take life as it comes - victory, draws, and defeat. Your illness will leave you a stronger man. Come back to the game international crciket lovers are waiting for.

from:  Kenneth Fernando
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 13:17 IST

Yuvi winning the world cup was everything for India. Your fighting spirit lives on. You will come out of it. I remember reading a fan comment about was there a "rift in the team" that is why you stopped playing. Now we realise that it was not that but health and life threating at that. Take your time as the there will always be a special slot for you in Indian team. Probably this health issue was what got to you in ENgland.

from:  Naresh Patel
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 12:50 IST

Dont worry yuvi. we know you will be back with a bang. we pray for you. You are an excellant cricketer. i love your courage and passion about cricket. dont give it up. maintain the same attitude. we are here for you my dear Yuvi

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 12:02 IST

Bernard Shaw commented on cricket once thus."cricket is a game where 22 fools play and 22000 fools watch them.The number of fools watching might have gone up to many more thousands but they are not really fools. We have not analyzed or heard the thoughts of the spectators to come to any conclusions.But we have today read in the Hindu the comments of 3 cricketers today(16 th),Dravid, Sankahara and yuvaraj.All very sensible, practical and also philosophical.Dravid said about various languages spoken in the dressing room about the same subject.Sankahara said about their feelings when they won the world cup and when they were confined in a room after the terrorists attack.Yuvi describing his serious illness in a lighter vein and also how he found that happiness is not hitting sixers but keeping good health.If Bernard shaw could hear these speeches he would sure to change his opinion on the 22 fools at least.

from:  Seshachalam Gopalakrishnan
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 11:23 IST

Dont worry yaar lot of fans like me are praying for you. we want you to come back to play more cricket and win lot more games for our nation. We dont want to miss you. No one can replace you in our team. I m sure we will see you again in the team with in few months..

from:  Sampath
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 11:12 IST

Get well soon yuvi ..... Life is for warriors and not for cowards....

from:  sajin
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 10:00 IST

Heroes fail but come back strongly.you are our world cup hero.get well soon and reach heights in cricket.our prayers will always be there.we are with u yuvi.

from:  Vijayaprabhu
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 09:36 IST

Really very sad to read this. He is a very good enthusiastic fighter in the cricket field, because of him only we won the recent world cup. By God's grace, definitely he will overcome this ailment and return to cricket shortly.

from:  A.SESHAGIRI
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 09:08 IST

yuvaraj's experience of fighting illness teaches a lesson or two about the most important aspects of our life whether it is good health or friends and family members. Life is not just about success and fame which do not always stay with us. It is about simple things of life. I am sure Yuvaraj will come out of this as a healthy and far more matured and a wise person. i wish him a speedy recovery

from:  Jagadeesh
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 07:28 IST

Get well soon Yuvi! We want to see a good, fit and a happily married Yuvi on the field soon! (mom : Hint hint!!)

from:  Krish
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 00:54 IST

Get well soon Yuvi. I pray to God to give you good health. You are a tough guy and you could still smile in the midst of all you are going through. We want you to play for India for a long time.

from:  Srinivas RS
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 00:24 IST

Mr Yuvraj,

We are proud of you, May god give you a hale and healthy life, See you soon in the pitch..

from:  Parthiban. R
Posted on: Dec 16, 2011 at 00:02 IST

Health is wealth. Wishing Yuvraj a speedy recovery and a quick return to his batting crease and bowling mark.

from:  Dr. Cajetan Coelho
Posted on: Dec 15, 2011 at 23:31 IST
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