Bangalore: Having made a statement with the bat in the just-concluded India ‘A’ series against the West Indies ‘A’, Yuvraj Singh now hopes to make a comeback into Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team.
Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of ‘cancer detection month’ by YouWeCan and the Indian Cancer Society, here, on Friday, Yuvraj didn’t exactly use the word ‘comeback’, but said that he hopes his good showing to “change things” for him.
Out of favour for quite some time, it’s obvious that for Yuvraj, the player of the tournament in the 2011 World Cup, change of things in cricket can only mean a return to the Indian team.
“I had a fantastic tournament... Hopefully, it will change things for me… I am not here to talk about my comeback…
“When it is suppose to happen, it will happen. I am here is for YouWeCan… At the end of the day, I am a cricketer and I am a fighter and survivor,” he said.
Yuvraj, who also led India ‘A’ against the touring West Indies side, scored 224 runs (123, 40 and 61) in the three-matches, at an average of 74.66.
He was by far the best Indian batsman in the series as he was way ahead of Yusuf Pathan, who is second in the tally with just 88 runs from three matches.So, though India ‘A’ lost the series 1-2, Yuvraj stood tall with his performance.
India’s next international assignment is a limited overs home series against Australia in October-November. After that is the series against the West Indies which would include both Tests and one-dayers.
From the highs of the World Cup triumph to the lows of a painful recovery from cancer, it was quite a journey for Yuvraj.
Asked about it, the all-rounder admitted that it has been quite a battle for him after he was diagnosed with cancer. “To be honest, it was hard... I am now feeling fit.”
Yuvraj urged everyone to be proactive in prioritising their health and opt for free screening of cancer without second thoughts.
He said Indians are more prone to cancer than ever before and hence regular or annual medical check-ups should be part of everybody’s health checklist.
“Early detection of cancer is critical in saving lives… YouWeCan is here to generate awareness about cancer and facilitate its early detection,” Yuvraj said.
YouWeCan had launched its first Mobile Screening Unit in February.
Meanwhile, Saturday will provide Yuvraj with another opportunity to prove that he is absolutely ready for the ‘elite league’ when India A face West Indies A in the one-off T20 match, here.
While Yuvraj is in fine form, his teammates will have to pull up their shocks if they hope to recover some pride after losing the one-day series.