New Delhi: In less than 36 hours from now, Yuvraj Singh will complete an incredible journey. That of having recovered from cancer and walking back on the field as an Indian cricketer. How many runs he scores is a different matter, it is his return to the field that makes him a winner. (Your Message For Yuvraj)
On Saturday, Yuvraj will play his first international match after being diagnosed with cancer. And this journey was not an easy one. This was one test that took a lot out of him.
"There was a lot of tension. There were negative thoughts in my mind. I used to cry a lot," Yuvraj reminisces.
But all this while his teammates on the cricket pitch played the perfect mates off the field as well. "But one day Anil Kumble came to meet me in Boston. He closed my laptop and said 'stop watching cricket and focus on your health'," Yuvraj said.
The left-hander did what he knows best - fought back! And soon the hero was back in India. It was a slow recovery- from stepping into the gym to stepping into the nets.
On Saturday, the journey will reach its most important phase. Yuvraj will be back in the India shirt, playing a T20 International against New Zealand. And he can't wait for the match to begin. He landed in Vizag yesterday and tweeted: "Just landed in lovely vizag!! Beautiful scenic view before landing! Hope it doesn't rain tom and day after!! Cause I just can't wait anymore."
And he had wishes pouring from all corners. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan wished his friend good luck. He said: "I will repeat what Yuvraj said. It doesn't matter if he scores one run or 20 runs or 200 runs. I wish he again hits six sixes. Whatever, he said he has won and he actually has won. I would watch the match just because Yuvraj will be playing it."
Olympic silver-medallist MC Mary Kom also wished the southpaw, who won India U-19 World Cup in 2000, T20 World Cup in 2007 and ICC World Cup in 2011.
"I wish all the best in the future to Yuvraj," Mary said.
With the nation behind him, expect the all-rounder to perform as good in his second innings as the first if not better.