New Delhi, Apr 9: Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh returned home on Monday morning in New Delhi after undergoing chemotherapy for a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs in the US.
Yuvraj landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Monday morning and there was a huge contingent of media and fans to welcome the 2011 World Cup hero. Yuvraj's mother Shabnam was there to receive his son.
Once he came out of the airport, sporting a red sports cap and a red T-shirt, Yuvraj posed with his mother for the media photographers and fans. He waved his hand and showed thumbs up sign as he posed for the cameras.
The 30-year-old was driven to his home in Gurgaon. He came out of his home and from the balcony waved to the waiting media and said he would address the press on Wednesday.
"I'm happy to be back home. Recovering well," Yuvraj said. On asked what his mom had cooked for him for lunch, he replied: "Gobi Paranthas."
Yuvraj's mother spoke to the media outside their home. He said it was like "India winning the World Cup again" to see his son back home.
"It is like winning the World Cup again. I am very happy that he is back," she said.
"The entire nation has been so nice. We are very grateful to everybody for all those prayers," she added.
"He is fine now and needs 10 to 15 days rest."
Anything special for lunch, she was asked and she replied: "Gobi ke Paranthe."
There were few placards with messages from fans. "Welcome home Yuvraj" read one of the placards outside the airport. They hope that their star cricketer returns to action soon.
Yuvraj, who was away from home for nearly three months, underwent three cycles of chemotherapy at the IU Simon Cancer Centre at the Indiana University Medical Centre in Indianapolis.
The left-hander was ruled out of the IPL 5, which got under way on April 4. He was the Man-of-the-series in last year's World Cup, which India won, defeating Sri Lanka in the final at the Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011.
On Sunday, Yuvraj had tweeted: "finally the day has come ! i am going home tomorrow ! cant wait , excited to see my friends and family ..see you india!! mera bharat mahan!".
After receiving treatment in Indianapolis in the US, Yuvraj was recuperating in London where Sachin Tendulkar visited him. Former India captain Anil Kumble met Yuvraj in the US. Yuvraj also received an inspiring video for seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong of the US, who too battled cancer before emerging as one of the legends in cycling.
In the video of 19 seconds, Armstrong urged the Indian left-hander to keep moving forward optimistically.
“Hi Yuvi, I am Lance Armstrong and welcome home. Man you have got one big following, I have heard about you every hour of every day since you have been diagnosed. We are pulling for you, so glad you are healthy now. Have a great life, don't look back, live strong buddy," said the 40-year-old Armstrong.
Yuvraj will address a press conference on Wednesday.