I should be back for World T20: Yuvraj Singh

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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 13:32 [IST]
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I should be back for World T20: Yuvraj

Bangalore, Jun 20: Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is hoping to be fit to return to the national squad for the ICC World Twenty20 2012 in September in Sri Lanka.

Yuvraj, who had to undergo chemotherapy for a rare germ-cell cancer between his lungs, has, however, not put a time frame to return to the international fold.

In an interview to the International Cricket Council's (ICC) new weekly show, ICC Cricket 360° on Wednesday, the all-rounder spoke about his comeback plans and also his battle against cancer.

It may be recalled that Yuvraj had smashed six sixes in an over from England's Stuart Broad in the inaugural edition of the World T20 in South Africa in 2007. India went on to win the trophy.

"I think (the) favourites are India because we've got the biggest hitters - biggest hitters in town that's what I want to say. Hopefully I should be back by then. I'm not saying I'm the reason, it's just that I feel we have the strongest side and if we can sort out our bowling out in T20 I'm sure we can be a strong unit. There are other strong teams like Australia, South Africa which always compete at the top level at world events," Yuvraj said on ICC Cricket 360°.

"I'm feeling good. It's been two months since I finished my chemotherapy. Initially my energy levels were low but now I am following my diet and eating loads of food and it's getting better in recovery. I've done six or seven sessions very light training and very light yoga. I'm just getting back into the groove of being a normal person, breathe normally, which is a lot of excitement and fun for me at the moment," the left-hander added.

Yuvraj did mention that he won't return to the cricket field unless he is 100 per cent fit.

"Well I can't really give a timeframe but I have to see how my body is recovering and how fast I can come on the field. Actually I don't want to rush and I don't want to come back at 75% fitness. I might take six months, I might take two months. So I don't know. But the day I feel 100% I surely will be back," he said.

"Playing for India is going to be a huge challenge for me because the body has been under a lot of shock which nobody can understand except me. Only a cancer patient can understand what he is going through. So it's going to be a big challenge for me to come back and play for India again."

ICC World Twenty20 2012 runs from September 18 to October 7 in Sri Lanka.


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