Yuvraj grateful to BCCI for reposing faith in him

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Updated: Saturday, August 11, 2012, 11:41 [IST]
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It's an emotional moment for me: Yuvraj

New Delhi, Aug 11: After making a return to the national side for ICC World T20, Yuvraj Singh said he could not hold back his tears as it was an emotional moment for him and his family.

Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer earlier this year, following chemotheraphy and rehabilitation to get rid of the dreaded disease, the stylish batsman was supposed to resume action from June. Since he was undergoing a rehabilitation programme at NCA, his return to cricket had to wait.

Having played a few practice matches, after recovering from cancer, he was first named in the probables list for ICC World T20.

With doctors terming him fit, the World Cup winning hero was picked for the final squad for the T20 World Cup to be played in September.

Yuvraj Singh was elated after being picked for the National T20 team for the upcoming T20 World Cup and said "It's an emotional moment for me. I'm feeling elated"

"It's always been a dream to play for India and I am grateful to the BCCI and the selectors for reposing their faith in my ability once again," said Yuvraj

The flamboyant batsman also said that he was confident of making a ocmeback while he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

"The day I was diagnosed with cancer, I told myself that I am going to make a comeback into the Indian team. It's a huge victory for me and my family, especially my mother who has been a pillar of strength. I am going to celebrate this day with my family and friends. I have also got some phone calls from my teammates. It feels really great."

Yuvraj's mother Shabnam Singh was short of words. "I am ecstatic," she said before rushing to a temple.

"On paper, we are a very strong team and I don't see any reason why we can't make it to the top four. But there are some good teams like Australia, England, South Africa and hosts Sri Lanka," said Yuvraj who was the man of the tournament on two occasions when India lifted the Cup (T20 World Cup and World Cup 2011)

Yuvraj Singh also added that he found it difficult to play when he started off initially after recovering from cancer as a 15-minute training session was sufficient to make him feel tired.

Since he is getting back to the groove, Yuvraj said he would be returning to National Cricket Academy again and spend a few weeks in order to prepare for T20s.

"There was never a problem with my batting but with some hard training my stamina has improved a lot. I'm again heading back to NCA and will spend another two weeks to prepare hard for the T20 matches," he added.


Story first published:  Saturday, August 11, 2012, 8:51 [IST]
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