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August 29, 2012

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Yuvraj Singh accepts the Arjuna Award from Indian president Pranab Mukherjee, New Delhi, August 29, 2012
Yuvraj Singh receives the Arjuna award © AFP
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Yuvraj Singh has received the Arjuna Award, an Indian government honour to recognise outstanding achievement in sport, from Indian president Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi. Yuvraj is currently preparing to make a comeback to international cricket after recovering from a rare germ-cell cancer.

"It's a special award for me," Yuvraj said. "I had been nominated few times but finally I got it this time. It's a proud moment for me and my family. The award will give me a lot of confidence to make a comeback and perform well."

Yuvraj hasn't played any top-flight cricket since last November but has been picked for the Twenty20s against New Zealand next month and the World Twenty20 as well. He brushed aside doubts over whether he is fit enough for the rigours of top-flight cricket.

"Experts are not watching me. They don't know about my fitness. It's me who knows what's going on. It's me who is feeling it from inside," Yuvraj said. "I know myself better and I am confident enough to do well in the World Cup in Sri Lanka."

Following chemotherapy in February and March, Yuvraj began training in June. "I am practising hard at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore," he said. "The experts over there are watching my fitness level. I know what I am doing and I just want to concentrate on my return and playing cricket.

"If you look at the last three months, I am really training hard and peaking well. I am looking forward to play my first game after a year."

Yuvraj also insisted that he had enough practice to be ready for the World Twenty20. "I had played three practice games at NCA. I will get some serious match practice in the two matches against New Zealand scheduled September 8 and 11. Then, I would be playing two more practice matches. So, you see, I will be having seven games before the World Cup. I will be having enough match practice."

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Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 21:21 GMT)

best contender for arjuna award... shoots the bowler's eye

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (August 30, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

My team would be;Sehwag/R.Sharma,Gambhir,Kohli,Yuvi,Raina,Msd,Ifran,Bhajji, Ashwin,Balaji And Zak.This way it it help our bowling by playing 5 bowlers and and batting line up would down to 9.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 17:26 GMT)

Yuvi gona rock in this wc !!!! hero of Indian cricket !!!!

Posted by bigdhonifan on (August 30, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

HOT NEWS, Stuart Broad backed out from T20WC.

Posted by SwingReverse on (August 30, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

Good to see him back in action. I wonder with such a strong batting line up, which player had to make way.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 14:21 GMT)

congrats yuvi for winning the arjuna award

India's XI for t20s should be- 1. Viru 2. Gauti 3. Kohli 4. Raina 5. Yuvi 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan 8. Ashwin 9. Bhajji 10. Zak 11. Dinda need 5 specialist bowlers and 6 batsmen+irfan, ashwin, bhajji should be enough for t20s..think this is d best team..

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (August 30, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

@TaintedLuvv: A big salute to you brother! Great to hear the description from a fan across the border. Thank you - Sincerely

Posted by Joby_George on (August 30, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

I should say that the people if india has a special affection towards yuvraj. He is the real hero...Comeone Yuvi ...Rock..

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (August 30, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

First off good luck Yuvi. @TaintedLuvv: Like my fellow Indians have said, I commend you on your knowledge about Mahabharata. One slight correction Mahabaharat is our 'Itihas' which exclusively means 'thus occured' and not a myth, which my fellow Indians missed. There are several evidence that historians have gathered to prove that the great Mahabharata War did happen. I can provide those here but then this article is about Yuvi back in World T20 squad and not abt history.

Posted by vinuuu on (August 30, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Posted by Thomas_Ridge on (August 30 2012, 03:57 AM GMT) who cares. meaningless award anyway.

:- We cares as it is my countries prestigious award , if you don't care why are u bothered of adding a comment just keep quite, i think this helps.

Posted by 777aditya on (August 30, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

as much as Yuvi looks better with the hair back, the Indian team will also look equally good with Yuvi back!

Posted by Vibhanu on (August 30, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

Arjuna Ranatunga memorial award is won by an INDIAN.A proud moment for India.Well done Yuvi.Your next task is to win the Great JAYASURIYA AWARD.

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 30, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

I did select 12 did i not? LOL ? Thats what happens when you select teams instead of writing Java code at work :P Ok then I guess poor Tiwary has to sit out to make it team 11.

Posted by sam_screaming on (August 30, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

As you can look at the award and guess that Arjuna ranatunga have nothing to do with this. My Pakistani friend is absolutely correct about the description of the award. And for Yuvraj, Welcome back. We want to see those big sixes again

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

hey niraj, afridi was the man of the tournament 2007 wc t20

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

@ TaintedLuvv lol Nice one. Your knowledge actually surprised me.

Posted by Haleos on (August 30, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

@ TaintedLuvv - Good to know fans across the border having knowledge to Hindu mythology. Humanity lives.

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

yeah i am so happy ,that yuvi is back my favourite odi and t20 player and i firmly belive if he was good consistent run at test cricket he would have been succesful there or even in the future if he gets a good run at test cricket ,but at the moment i am waiting for 8 september the day yuvi plays for India again and if he is firing India chance a great chance at Wt20 (anyways we do ) @taintedluvvv -you said it dont need to say anything else just one thing to that @amilag that this is first of all an Indian award and also that its not only awarded to cricketers but to all sportsperson

Posted by phil7 on (August 30, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

@TaintedLuvv.. excellent description of history behind the arjuna award...@amilag thats where it is derived and not from Arjuna ranatuga`s name lolzz..

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 30, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

@TaintedLuvv on (August 30 2012, 07:41 AM GMT).. Well... nobody noticed that there was comment of that sort thinking Arjuna award is of Rnatunga's.. Many of Indians here didn't noticed i guess so no body answered to correct the misconception.It's so pleasing a pakistani brother answering it and Great, you know much about Hindu epic stories..Thank you brother for explaining in detail to @amilag. You were correct that name comes from Arjuna the greatest Archer. For an additional information on how good Arjuna is ..You can see in picture where in the idol of Arjuna , his eyes looking down and Bow and arrow pointed upwards. He is such a great archer that once he had to target object above his head but not looking directly at it , but looking into the water that is kept under his eyes to find the image of object above his head which is target and he had to spot and hit his target that way. In that competition he won. He is greatest archer because of such feats.

Posted by vinuuu on (August 30, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

@TaintedLuvv:- You are absolutely correct about Arjuna award. Good to see that some one knows about Arjuna award , Arjuna award given in the memory of Arjuna ranathunga (Funny stuff) , Does srilanka give any sort of award in the name of Arjuna Ranathunga ?

Last but not least... Our hero is back to give us One more T20 World cup , We all Hope he does well from here.

Posted by MaverickSix on (August 30, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

We want Yuvi iN T-20 WC!!!!Welcome back... But Whether he will bein his old form that needs to be seen..

Posted by aiyinax on (August 30, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Lets be practical and not be carried away by sympathy alone. I too hope that Yuvraj will fire and India will win. But Yuvi's talent alone cannot make up for his present lack of fitness and lack of match practice.

Posted by gidmid on (August 30, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

best of luck from Pakistan

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

match winner is back......

Posted by TaintedLuvv on (August 30, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

@amilag: lol!!! Bro, the Arjuna award has not been named after Arjuna Ranatunga, infact you are not even remotely close. Although i am a muslim and from Pakistan, but i presume the word 'Arjuna' in the Arjuna award, is derived from the Hindu Mythology, where Arjun was the hero of the epic Mahabharata alongwith Krishna. Arjuna is also the only undeafeted warrior of Mahabharata and considered as the finest archer and a really brave warrior as far as Mahabharata is concerned. So my friend, i guess, this is where the analogy of Arjuna Award comes from rather than Arjuna Ranatunga!! :D

Posted by Naresh28 on (August 30, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

YUVI's presence will boost the Indian team. He is a champion and should be watched as he is itching to get back in Indian colours. He is a real inspiration for cancer patients world wide involved in some sports.

Posted by AzyS on (August 30, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

he will obviously be great in odi n t20 but finally the management should come to their senses and not waste another great career.. just him him 10-12 tests on the trot and im sure he will seal a permanent spot..

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

Man of Tournament 2007 T20 WC. Man of Tournament 2011 WC. Yuvi is a real star.

Posted by MRM44 on (August 30, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

welcome back uv.. u r a real star.....

Posted by amilag on (August 30, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

great to see award name in the memory of Arjuna Ranatunga!

Posted by Cricket_Lover-SARU on (August 30, 2012, 5:12 GMT)

All the very Best Yuvi! May you go on to become the most sucessful T20 player.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (August 30, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

all the best Yuvi. Hope & wish you do well. For a person who has defeated death, cricket should not pose much of a challenge. Here's wishing you well and just do it not only for the country, but all the cancer patients all over the world.God Bless us All.AMEN.

Posted by AlexPalmer90 on (August 30, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

That's nice, but when is he going to learn how to bat?

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 4:49 GMT)

this time also player of the tournament yuvi in wc t20.

Posted by Arulan_Thomas on (August 30, 2012, 3:57 GMT)

who cares. meaningless award anyway.

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (August 30, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

@ Chandana Fonseka: Joke of the day! You made my day buddy!

Posted by MelbourneMiracle on (August 30, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Bad news for the rest of the countries! The return of one of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball...Smash any other country in the T20 WC but not Sri Lanka please :) May God bless you Yuvi! Shamalka from Sri Lanka

Posted by raahi007 on (August 30, 2012, 3:41 GMT)

waiting for ur return YUVI.........all the best

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 30, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

The LOI series with NZ will give him enough big match practice.. If he can get his mojo back, India will be a force to reckon in the WC..

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 30, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

I feel this year T20 world cup will be in Hands of Team who bowls well, cleverly under these conditions in Srilanka.Pallekele,Colombo,Hambantota..three stadiums are venues for T20 world cups. Out of which 2 stadiums Pallekele and Hambantota are good for bowling. And Colombo is good batting wicket. It all comes to bowling in the end.Bowlers will rule this world cup and win cup for their team. I am expecting India to win this , not because they had played earlier. It is only because this Indian T20 Squad speed bowlers have variations and spin department is also balanced.

Posted by Romenevans on (August 30, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

India, SA, Sri Lanka and West Indies in the Semis! Mark my words!

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (August 30, 2012, 2:46 GMT)

Yuvraj, a piece of advice for you : " Don't think who is doubting your fitness and career unless you feel you are completely fit and playing well like the Yuvi we have knowing. It's tough to come back to your normal way with so less match practice but it's not always same with every one. In your words i feel you have done all the work for getting into team for T20 world cup. Only just think how we fans are praying, deep from heart and hoping to see you and your batting. There are many who are waiting to see you. So get confidence that we all are with you :) and think only about us fans wishes. Work hard...All the best. Congratulations upon winning the prestigious Arjuna award"

Posted by   on (August 30, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

Yuvraj singh is the only cricketer from India to have a rarer feat of having won 3 world cups !! Under -19, T20 and ODI worldcup !! He is a true fighter !! All the best to him :) :)

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (August 30, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

Bravo Champ! Bravo! Congratulations. Dil Se.....Now go get your well-deserved cap in the playing XI for the World Cup and no looking back Champ!

Posted by woodhaven on (August 30, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

For yuvi--- love and good luck from all bangladesh fan. We might not like india team but we love yuvraj singh

Posted by TRAM on (August 30, 2012, 1:01 GMT)

Zak is the weakest link. No batting, *No fielding*, and sorry real unfit bowling for T20. No other team in the world has this weak fielder/batsman in the team. India keep him just for those one or two wkts he "may" get that too if opposition has lefthanders only.

Posted by theRule19 on (August 29, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

Bravo!! Champ..You truly deserve it Congratulations..Hope to see the in form Yuvi of the past. Good luck for the Wt20 WC.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

India are obviously strong contenders to win it but this time around, its us Aussies who will lift it. We were unfortunate in 2010 but since we played good Cricket the other day in UAE especially wickets which is quite similar then nobody including India will stand a chance against us if we play to our full potential.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (August 29, 2012, 21:49 GMT)

@ManitobaLions theres one problem with your team you've 12 players instead of 11

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

hats off to you yuvi. you are a true fighter. love from Pakistan.....

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (August 29, 2012, 21:42 GMT)

Yuvi - you thing of beauty. You did more for Indian cricket than the so called God of cricket could do in his life time. With the support of youngsters, you won the T20 and ODI world cup for India. That's something the Fab 4 could never do in their lifetime, in spite of their so called God like batting prowess.

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (August 29, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

@ManitobaLions: I like your team as you have covered all bases! Batting looks stronger than any other teams as each one can win the match on their own. Bowling looks a little weaker but can be negated with batting. Fielding looks brilliant than ever with likes of Kohli, Manoj, Yuvraj and Raina. I really cant find a weak link here and if this team cannot win the cup than i don't think India can ever win the cup. If Sehwag fires at the top even 250 is on the cards with this batting line up! Go Team India!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

When Yuvi says something,then you better listen. I know guys like Saurav Ganguly still think that his comeback is pushed too soon but if an experienced guy like Yuvi is confident about his fitness,then there's no stopping him. A true match winner in every sense-On and off the field. Feel so happy for him. One of the biggest reasons for me to switch on that TV to watch cricket and to go to stadiums. This lad is amazing. Best of luck,Yuvi..:)

Posted by Dev_Sachinfan on (August 29, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

Hope, he wil giv his best in the upcoming T20 world cup n bring the cup back to india..!! All the best YUVI...!!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

You Have Been a Fighter, BraveHeart of Indian Cricket , keeping your Spirit , Kicking in with glory of achievement, positive impact to cricketers to all agegroups and You would still continue with Many More Laurels for Team India in all FORMATS!!!! Way To Go Yuvi......Whole Nation wants to see your Instincts for many more Years to come!!!!!Hearty Congratulations !!!!!!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

good luck...and am I the only one who thinks the guy in the back look's like muhamaad hafeez....0.o

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 29, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Yuvi,Raina,Tiwary,Dhoni,Irfan,Bhaji,Balaji,Ashwin,Zak Normally I would detest Bhajji in team but he adds to batting power and batting is Indias strength. If Sehwag fails then try Rohit as opener. He is in terrible form but no choice left. Chawla is lucky mascot..nothnig more.Hoping Balaji can get in form and bowl his variations. Dinda in place of Zak if Zak is out of form or injured. Sehwag,Raina,Yuvi,Tiwary and Kohli should manage to bowl 8 over between them. The other 4 specalist bowlers can bowl remaining 12 even if one has offday. But batting is awesome deep and even if a couple of wickets fall.. batting can outbat the opposition to cushion our slightly weak bowling

Posted by jango_moh on (August 29, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

i know it was an emotional decision to pick yuvraj, but it think we can overlook that since this will give him enormous confidence, even if he doesnt play any matches, just being in the team setting will help him... all the best yuvi... god bless!!!!

Posted by Manoj_Francis on (August 29, 2012, 19:27 GMT)

Bravo!!! What a fighter. Way to go!

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 19:25 GMT)

YUVI hope to see u playing Cricket again very soon... Inshallah.... Sincere best wishes From Lahore Pakistan

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 29, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Wish you a very best of luck and good wishes dear Yuvi !!!! I am sure you will put up a batting exhibition for all your fans in India and from across the world. God bless you and may you go on to achieve every accolade. :)

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

welcome back fighter,,,,,,i know you will perform best,,,,indian proud on you fighter,,many cancer patient also encourage by you many young boy also who think they loose every thing in the life,you give us hope and thanks to selector also they show trust on you ,,because it shows there always second available for every body go tiger and win the world cup

Posted by CaptainKool on (August 29, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Good luck Yuvi. Give your best.

Posted by keecha on (August 29, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

Welcome back hero.I wold trust this man's words any day for he is a genuine guy. Remember how he pressed hard during WC final to review Samaraweera's LBW? Just an example to show that if he says something he means it. He will be an asset for a T20 WC happening in the subcontinent. That will give Dhoni an otion to play an extra quick bowler. With Irfan being one of them, we wont be short o either batsmen or spinners. And above all, that will give us the cushion to play (dont hit or abuse me) Rohi aaaahh oooohh oops. I said don't hit me..

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

wo..great moment for yuvraj singh n indian crickt yuvi recieved arjuna award .the tiger of indian team is making comebck be aware all teams another world cup is on way 4 indians ...salute the real tiger playing so soon after recovering 4m rare germ cancer is not so easyyy....

Posted by Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on (August 29, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

Congratulations Yuvi! Hope you bring back the flare and style back into your game. We all love to watch you hit 6 6's again! -- Chris baby broad hope you are reading this.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Ranatunga also applied several times but never got it.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 17:59 GMT)

Come on yuvi..eagerly waitn to c u in action..God b wit u..all d best..tkr..

Posted by crindo77 on (August 29, 2012, 17:50 GMT)

All the best, Yuvraj. We really hope you do well.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

congrats yuvi,,, and all the very best for world cup... make us proud once again n win it for all of us.. all the very very best

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (August 29, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

wish you best of luck yuvi you were awesome in WC 2011 and hope to see you hitting another bowler 6 sixes in a over. I hope this time you pick australian bowler please.

Posted by ShehanJ on (August 29, 2012, 17:46 GMT)

Show us your talents in the matches against New Zealand. All the best.

Posted by the_wallster on (August 29, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Hasn't played any cricket. I'm amazed the BCCI are continuing to pick players based on sentiment, rather than performance. I love Yuvraj and wish him continued success in his recovery, but he's played next-to-zero cricket, and in his situation is only a detriment to India's chances of winning the tournament.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

come on champion it's gone to be a great come back.

Posted by   on (August 29, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Common Yuvi!! cant wait to see you smash!!!

Posted by bigdhonifan on (August 29, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

All the best Yuvi. Proud of you. Jai Hind!!

Posted by abhay8157 on (August 29, 2012, 17:37 GMT)

Good Luck Champ !!

And congrats on the award... well deserved.

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