April 9th, 2012
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Yuvaraj is home

New Delhi: Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who underwent chemotherapy in United States for a rare germ cell cancer in his lungs, returned home today.  He was received by his mother Shabnam at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Yuvraj came on a British Airways flight this morning after spending some days in London to recuperate from the after-effects of the chemotherapy.

Hordes of fans and the media were present at the airport to receive the brave cricketer. Yuvraj Singh thanked everyone for their prayers and wishes. Flashing a victory sign and a smile, the 30-year-old walked through patiently towards a white Audi SUV, which drove him to his Gurgaon home from the airport. But the 30-year-old batsman is not expected to play for a few more months.

“finally the day has come ! i am going home tomorrow ! cant wait , excited to see my friends and family ..see you india!! mera bharat mahan!” Yuvraj had tweeted on Sunday.

Recently, Yuvraj met Sachin Tendulkar in London who had gone there to get a check up on a toe injury. Former Indian captain Anil Kumble had also visited Yuvraj when he was in the US. Yuvraj had also received an inspiring video message from his “real life hero” Lance Armstrong — the cycling legend whose own successful battle with cancer is well-documented.

In the 19-second video, Armstrong urged Yuvraj to keep moving forward optimistically. “Hi Yuvi, I am Lance Armstrong and welcome home. Man you have got one big following, I have heard about you every hour of every day since you have been diagnosed. We are pulling for you, so glad you are healthy now. Have a great life, don’t look back, live strong buddy,” said the 40-year-old American.

Armstrong was 25 when was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain. Armstrong had an orchiectomy to remove his diseased testicle and was given less than a 40 per cent survival chance by his doctors. But he battled out of it successfully to not just survive but also renew his career as a cyclist.

Yuvraj asked the media to give him a break for now. He is expected to address the media on 11 April, where he would divulge the details of his treatment in the USA and his future course of action. His mother spoke to the media and said Yuvraj has been advised rest for 10-15 days. “He is absolutely fine. He’s been advised rest for 10-15 days.” “Don’t know how to thank u all. I am thankful to the god, to the people of this country. You prayed for my child and he’s come back as a winner. I am proud of him and I love him a lot,” his father said. “He has come back hale and hearty. I cry sometimes because of this happiness,” he added.

Mr Yuvaraj was diagnosed with a rare sort of germ cell cancer (Stage-I) in his left lung a couple of months back. He was treated in Boston’s Cancer Research Institute in America.

After completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy, he was discharged on March 18. Though he is far from complete good health, he has undergone successful treatment in the US and is back on the road to recovery. Yuvaraj Singh who is primarily a left-handed batsman is the the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie star Yograj Singh.  He has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000 (ODIs) and played his first Test match in 2003. He was the vice-captain of the ODI team from late-2007 to late-2008.



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