Yuvraj returns to warm welcome
New Delhi: Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who underwent three cycles of chemotherapy in the United States for a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs, returned to the country today to a rousing reception from adoring fans here.
Yuvraj came on a British Airways flight this morning after spending some days in London to recuperate from the after-effects of the chemotherapy. His mother Shabnam received him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
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.
“It (the cancer) is completely out of his system and he is better now,” a friend who was with him in London during the treatment said.
The Man of the Tournament in last year’s World Cup, which India won after 28 years, had gone to the United States for treatment in January.
“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 yesterday.
‘An innings he fought alone’
After reaching his home in Gurgaon, Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam spoke briefly to waiting reporters but the cricketer restricted himself to just waving at the fans from the balcony.
“I am very very happy that he is back. It was an innings that he fought alone but with the blessings of the country. He is absolutely fine. It feels like India has won the World Cup again,” a beaming Shabnam Singh told reporters.
“I think that the entire nation has been so good and he is so grateful that everyone is there. He does not have to see any doctor before another three months. For now, he will just rest,” she said.
“I will cook him some aaloo paranthas and he will be taking rest for another 10-15 days before scheduling anything. He is very positive about the whole thing,” she added.