India v New Zealand, 1st T20, Visakhapatnam September 7, 2012

'It is like starting a new life' - Yuvraj

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Yuvraj Singh, who is expected to mark his return to international cricket during the first Twenty20 in Visakhapatnam, has said he is treating his comeback as a new beginning. The match is expected to be attended by several of his friends and family members.

Yuvraj overcame a rare germ cell cancer, diagnosed late last year, after undergoing chemotherapy in the USA and was named in the Twenty20 squad after being declared fit by doctors at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

"It is hard to believe that I will be playing for India again," Yuvraj said. "A few months back I had trouble climbing four steps, now I can't wait to take the field. It is like starting a new life."

Yuvraj has received a lot of media attention over recent months, with fans praying for his speedy recovery. It continued when he resumed training and not surprisingly, much of the attention in the lead-up to the first Twenty20 against New Zealand has centered on him. However, the captain MS Dhoni cautioned that the increased attention could be distracting to the player and the team, especially with the World Twenty20 coming up in Sri Lanka.

"The whole world is talking about his comeback in a manner as if they are helping him out. In a way, it puts the burden on the individual," Dhoni said. "It's important to keep it as normal as possible, not to let him think what has really happened in his life.

"He has fought through it as he is a strong character. As I said, he needs to turn up and just enjoy his cricket. That's what he has done from age-group cricket till now. So he should not think about anything else."

Yuvraj's return was welcomed by his fellow team-mates, some of whom last shared a dressing room with him back in November 2011, during the home Tests against West Indies.

"Now this is what we call a comeback," said Harbhajan Singh, who is also making a return after being dropped. "There can't be a bigger inspiration in cricket than Yuvi. It is a privilege to be back in the dressing room with him."

Batsman Suresh Raina said his story was an inspiration. "Yuvibhai is such a great fighter. He has put in so much effort, and worked really hard at the NCA," Raina said. "You will get to see this when he comes out on the field. He is a team man. We are pretty confident that he will do well."

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  • on September 9, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    bravo , yubi hatsss of!!!

  • Hardy_1984 on September 9, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Lot of fans from Pakistan! Really good to see i think only Yuvraj Singh is the man who has so many fans from paki everybody love to see yuvraj on field.. Great warrior great player...eager to see him on the field again

  • kickassPakistan on September 9, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    best of luck dude and God bless you. wished from Pak

  • ishfi on September 8, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    @CA hemant sharma: its amazing to see the stats...that makes yuvi more important than any other player in the team..brilliant stuff..

  • on September 8, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    I luv Yuvi, though i'm Pakistani, but Yuvi is my favorite bcoz of his never-give-up instinct. my sister died due to cancer, so i can feel the heat he got. i hope he plays same as before and gets well soon. Indo-Pak friendship zindabad.

  • umairasgharbutt on September 8, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    welcome back fighter, your fan from pakistan !

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    "Come back of truly match winner"... Want to share something about him.... when India won under 19 world cup first time in 2000- man of the tournament was Yuvraj Singh.. Again in 2007 when India won T-20 World cup- man of the tournament was Yuvraj Singh... Then again in 2011 when India won world cup- Man of the tournament was Yuvraj Singh...

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    feeling lyk main hero comes back in climax, king of T20

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    welcome back YUV. Wery disopointed we are to see that match is called off, but no tention there is a one more game on 11th just after the PAK-AUS contest on 10th sep in dubai. couple of good games we have to see this week

  • on September 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Too much Hype just because he is Yuvraj Singh!!! Let's hope he doesn't go back after the first ball.

  • on September 9, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    bravo , yubi hatsss of!!!

  • Hardy_1984 on September 9, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Lot of fans from Pakistan! Really good to see i think only Yuvraj Singh is the man who has so many fans from paki everybody love to see yuvraj on field.. Great warrior great player...eager to see him on the field again

  • kickassPakistan on September 9, 2012, 2:41 GMT

    best of luck dude and God bless you. wished from Pak

  • ishfi on September 8, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    @CA hemant sharma: its amazing to see the stats...that makes yuvi more important than any other player in the team..brilliant stuff..

  • on September 8, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    I luv Yuvi, though i'm Pakistani, but Yuvi is my favorite bcoz of his never-give-up instinct. my sister died due to cancer, so i can feel the heat he got. i hope he plays same as before and gets well soon. Indo-Pak friendship zindabad.

  • umairasgharbutt on September 8, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    welcome back fighter, your fan from pakistan !

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    "Come back of truly match winner"... Want to share something about him.... when India won under 19 world cup first time in 2000- man of the tournament was Yuvraj Singh.. Again in 2007 when India won T-20 World cup- man of the tournament was Yuvraj Singh... Then again in 2011 when India won world cup- Man of the tournament was Yuvraj Singh...

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    feeling lyk main hero comes back in climax, king of T20

  • on September 8, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    welcome back YUV. Wery disopointed we are to see that match is called off, but no tention there is a one more game on 11th just after the PAK-AUS contest on 10th sep in dubai. couple of good games we have to see this week

  • on September 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Too much Hype just because he is Yuvraj Singh!!! Let's hope he doesn't go back after the first ball.

  • on September 8, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    yuvi u r a true champion and a fighter thrilled to hear about your comeback waiting to see you after a long time on the field i love you yuvi you are a true inspiration

  • nawwabsahab on September 8, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    good to have you back yuvi. im a pakistani and wud love ind pak contest with you in it. a thumbs up for coming years from the other side of the border.

  • on September 8, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Well come back.... we all love you. Best wishes from Pakistan

  • on September 8, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    welcome back yuvi its nice to watch you back in action what ever may be the outcome we know you will your 1oo% best of luck

  • syam_zenqa on September 8, 2012, 8:54 GMT

    Welcome back Yuvi...True Warrior..:)

  • on September 8, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    A true champion.Huge respect for the man.Just want to see whole stadium on there feet welcoming the Yuvraj of Cricket.RESPECT RESPECT & RESPECT FOR YUVI.

  • on September 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    all the best for your master blaster performance

  • on September 8, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    superb comeback yuvraj. hope you will give a nice game at vizag

  • on September 8, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    Yuvi.. Come on! Back on the field from today's match! We are waiting to see another 6 sixes in an over from you! Hats off for you fight against germ cell cancer! Proud to be a fan of you! It was not interesting to see those IPL matches and ODI's.. Come back strong in the field against Kiwis in the t20 match! We want to see you again and get the MAN OF THE TOURNAMENT award!

  • on September 8, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    I expect fighting off cancer successfully has toughened him mentally and will make him an even better cricketer then before - his batting skills are already top-class.

  • on September 7, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Welcome back Yuvraj :) You truly are an inspiration... I hope you'll score well with both bat and ball... As Harsha Bhogle said, I won't be surprised if Dhoni asks you to bowl the 1st over... Give your 100%... Best of luck

  • on September 7, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    All the best wishes FROM PAKISTAN.. i hope you regain your best form yuvi, looking forward to see you destroy all the teams in t20 worlcup , except pakistan ofcorse, truly an inspirational cricketer !

  • Deenesh on September 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Truly Inspirational, even if he doesnt score now, expect the prince to fire in the world cup. A second man of the tournament award? perhaps so... :)

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Yuvi, welcome back. You deserved to be back. Runs or no runs. Wickets or no wickets, you are the hero.. Whats important is that you spend some time in the middle, go past the anxiety and nervousnous and enjoy the game. Best wishes for your cricketing career and more importantly joyful healthy long life. You are an insiparation to everyone.

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Welcome back yuvi ,the odi and t20 team was just so boring without you ,you have always been my favourite cricketer but now you are a something more .. i dont expect much from just seeing you back on feild is gonna be incredible sight.

  • jango_moh on September 7, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    all the best yuvi.... lets not put pressure on him, hopefully the media wont watch his each n every move, who am i kidding, they surely will!!!!

  • on September 7, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Hats off to you yuvi...... Best of luck.....

  • on September 7, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Good Luck Yuvraj Singh its really nice feeling to see you again playing for your nation.... From a Pakistani Fan

  • rathish20 on September 7, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Welcome back ... yuvi.... we are expecting another 250 sixes from your bat...

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  • rathish20 on September 7, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Welcome back ... yuvi.... we are expecting another 250 sixes from your bat...

  • on September 7, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Good Luck Yuvraj Singh its really nice feeling to see you again playing for your nation.... From a Pakistani Fan

  • on September 7, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Hats off to you yuvi...... Best of luck.....

  • jango_moh on September 7, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    all the best yuvi.... lets not put pressure on him, hopefully the media wont watch his each n every move, who am i kidding, they surely will!!!!

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    Welcome back yuvi ,the odi and t20 team was just so boring without you ,you have always been my favourite cricketer but now you are a something more .. i dont expect much from just seeing you back on feild is gonna be incredible sight.

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    Yuvi, welcome back. You deserved to be back. Runs or no runs. Wickets or no wickets, you are the hero.. Whats important is that you spend some time in the middle, go past the anxiety and nervousnous and enjoy the game. Best wishes for your cricketing career and more importantly joyful healthy long life. You are an insiparation to everyone.

  • Deenesh on September 7, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Truly Inspirational, even if he doesnt score now, expect the prince to fire in the world cup. A second man of the tournament award? perhaps so... :)

  • on September 7, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    All the best wishes FROM PAKISTAN.. i hope you regain your best form yuvi, looking forward to see you destroy all the teams in t20 worlcup , except pakistan ofcorse, truly an inspirational cricketer !

  • on September 7, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    Welcome back Yuvraj :) You truly are an inspiration... I hope you'll score well with both bat and ball... As Harsha Bhogle said, I won't be surprised if Dhoni asks you to bowl the 1st over... Give your 100%... Best of luck

  • on September 8, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    I expect fighting off cancer successfully has toughened him mentally and will make him an even better cricketer then before - his batting skills are already top-class.