India news April 23, 2016

Arun Lal in recovery after battling cancer

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Arun Lal, who is in recovery after a fight against cancer, hopes to be back commentating in two months' time © AFP

Arun Lal, the 60-year old former India opener, is in recovery after battling jaw cancer and is hopeful of a return to the commentary box in "two months."

Lal's cancer, which he described as "rare and dangerous," was identified in January and he underwent intensive treatment, including a 14-hour surgery and replacement of his jaw.

"The symptoms were detected in time before I went through a rigorous treatment process," he told the Hindu. "Thank God, I have been able to hold my place."

Lal was known for his fortitude during a seven-year international career as well. He made six Test fifties for India - one on debut against Sri Lanka in 1982 and two against Pakistan in the same match at Eden Gardens in 1987 - and played his final matches for India on the tour of West Indies in 1988-89.

Lal struck an unbeaten half-century in the 1989-90 Ranji Trophy final as Bengal ended a 51-year wait for the title. He played first-class cricket until 1995 and was an active presence in club cricket for a further six years. Lal announced his retirement from competitive cricket at the age of 45.

Fifteen years later, having persevered through great personal trauma, he feels he is starting anew: "Obviously it is like a new life. It was tough, but I am indebted to the fantastic job by the doctors."

Lal received "calls from close friends" to help with his recovery. Among them was Yuvraj Singh, who had fought against cancer in 2011 and has since returned to playing international cricket.

"I know what it feels like because I have been through this," Yuvraj said. "It's nice if you can share someone's pain and help him overcome it. I always try to understand the mindset of the patient because it mentally defeats you."

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  •   Aruna Caldera on April 24, 2016, 14:37 GMT

    Mr Arun Lal - It is doctors who saved you not god.

  • sunder on April 24, 2016, 5:17 GMT

    God tests the good ones, but HE never lets them down, best wishes for your complete recovery, your concern for wild animals always touches me when you wears them in your sleeve, don't lose hope sir and I am sure you will score the century in your (life's) second innings.....

  • sunder on April 24, 2016, 5:07 GMT

    God tests the good ones, but HE never lets them down, best wishes for your complete recovery, your concern for wild animals always touches me when you wears them in your sleeve, don't lose hope sir and I am sure you will score the century in your (life's) second innings.....

  • Krishnan on April 24, 2016, 2:33 GMT

    Waiting for the day when we hear ALL is well, or should I say LAL is well.

  • Saurabh Srivastava on April 23, 2016, 19:52 GMT

    Get well soon.missing ur commentary

  • Junki Junki on April 23, 2016, 14:26 GMT

    All the best for the recovery.

  • Pavan93_Cric_Lover on April 23, 2016, 13:28 GMT

    Get well soon sir and back to commentry as well.

  • Cricinfouser on April 23, 2016, 13:08 GMT

    Gladiator

  • Cricinfouser on April 23, 2016, 12:56 GMT

    best wishes for your recovery.I pray for your health sirrr......

  • Jayakrishna on April 23, 2016, 11:28 GMT

    Best wishes to you Arun. It is fantastic that you are recovering. I have, unfortunately, observed this horrible disease from close quarters. Your recovery provides hope for many others in a similar position. Best of luck.

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