Calcutta: Yuvraj Singh promised to “call” in the evening, on Friday. He did, around 10.45 pm.
“It has been such an emotional day... I never expected this to come about when I was diagnosed with cancer... Actually, it’s difficult to express my feelings,” Yuvraj, who turns 31 in December, told The Telegraph.
He added: “I don’t know how successful I’ll be on my return to international cricket, but I’ve shown the will to fight heavy odds... I’m thankful to those who look up to me (and his Foundation’s YOUWECAN) as an inspiration...
“In a way, today, it feels as if I’m going to make my debut... There’s excitement, there’s apprehension... I’ve come back from... Besides my own determination, the support I received from my family and millions of well-wishers helped me on the road to recovery.”
Yuvraj knew about the selection committee meeting, in Mumbai, but had “no idea at all” about the (Bangalore-located) NCA’s report on his fitness.
Understandably, he’s grateful to everybody at the NCA where he’s already spent “six weeks.”
“I intend going back in about a week and will probably spend a fortnight more there... The NCA has agreed to organise practice matches with the white ball and I’m looking forward to those games,” Yuvraj said.
While at the NCA, he intends training for six hours daily.
Yuvraj’s last appearance for India was at the Eden, nine months ago, in the second Test against the West Indies.
His next should be in Vizag (T20 International versus New Zealand), in four weeks.
Commenting on the pressure bit, he laughed and replied: “Khelo ya na khelo, pressure hamesha rehta hai!”
We wish him good luck.
For the next few days, incidentally, Yuvraj is expected to be busy with a BCCI-Sahara shoot.