New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh, who is undergoing treatment for rare germ cell cancer in Boston, was greeted by local students and fans outside his apartment and the Indian cricketer tweeted his appreciation for it. (SEE PICS HERE)
Yuvraj's fans met with him in front of his residence. "Felt like I was in India. Sweet of them," wrote on the micro-blogging website.
Fans came 'armed' with the Indian flag and posters of Yuvraj and wished the southpaw a speedy recovery.
"Some came with flowers some came with cards some with home made food ! Touched!," Yuvi tweeted.
He later replied to Shane Warne's wishes who said: "@yuvsingh09 Hey buddy thinking of you lots my friend and hope your smiling and fighting champion !!! Here if you need anything..."
Yuvraj said: "@warne888 hey you legend! Thanks mate I'm doing good staying positive! Hope you and family are well cheers!"
Earlier in the day, England's Kevin Pietersen wished Yuvraj a quick recovery and was quoted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India's website as saying that the Indian cricketer 'is a stong bloke.'
Stating that he was looking forward to renewing his on-field friendship with Yuvraj, Pietersen said it was sad to see a fellow professional suffer from an illness. "It's tragic what's happened to Yuvi. He's going through a tough time and it's not fair to talk about him in terms of cricket at the moment. Right now the only important thing is for him to get back to full fitness as soon as possible."
Pietersen said that the flamboyant southpaw would be fine. "The man's a fighter; and he's one of the most talented cricketers that India has produced. I am in touch with him regularly. He'll be okay," he said.
Yuvraj recently completed his second cycle of chemotherapy. Though he was feeling weak, Yuvi oozed with positivity. He had tweeted: "Second cycle has finished today ! Had a bleomycin shot feeling weak but I'm sure tom will be a better day ! My next scan dated on 7th march."
On February 15, Yuvraj had tweeted that the tumour was almost out of his system. "Got very good news from dr lawrence today! The tumor is almost way out of the system Aftr reading my todays scan!Second cycle has started," Yuvraj had tweeted.
Dr Einhorn, who is known to be the among the best cancer doctors in the world, had also treated legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong, who had suffered from testicular cancer in 1996.
Yuvraj, who was reading Armstrong's autobiography 'It's Not About The Bike' for inspiration, had also tweeted his desire to meet the seven-time Tour de France champion. "I look forward to meet lance armstrong and take inspiration," he had tweeted.
On Valentine's Day, Yuvraj received a message from Armstrong which read as "Yuvi, I want you to know that the entire LIVESTRONG team is here for you. We say it all the time, and truly believe in it: Knowledge is Power, Unity is Strength, and Attitude is Everything.
Please know that we are here to help you and your family in any way possible. Go Yuvi!! Livestrong."
An ecstatic Yuvraj, who is undergoing chemotherapy in Boston for rare germ cell cancer, tweeted: "Message from @lancearmstrong makes me feel better ! Thank you lance means a lot hope we can meet."
Yuvraj, who has been in Boston since last month, is expected to be back on the field in the first week of May, according to his doctor.
The 30-year-old, who went to US last month, has gone bald during the treatment, which will go on till the last week of March before the process of rehabilitation starts in April.
After being diagnosed with the illness, Yuvraj has not played competitive cricket since taking part in two of three home Tests against the West Indies in November.
He has so far scored 8,051 runs in 274 one-dayers and 1,775 runs in 37 Tests since making his international debut in 2000. He was named Player of the Tournament in the World Cup for scoring 362 runs and grabbing 15 wickets in nine matches.
During the treatment, Yuvraj had been paid a visit by legendary former Indian spinner Anil Kumble.