New Delhi, Aug 30: India's Yuvraj Singh said it was one of the memorable days of my life, after being presented the Arjuna award by President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan on Wednesday.
After receiving the Arjuna Award from the President, the World Cup winning hero said he was overwhelmed and excited about the award.
Yuvraj was successful in receiving the award this year after he was nominated for the same twice earlier. He also added that the award was a huge inspiration.
"It's a very prestigious award and bigger than anything that I have achieved in life. I was nominated twice but couldn't get it for whatever reasons. This award will give me lot of courage and strength to give my best. It will be a huge inspiration really and I take it as a feather in my cap. It brings such respect.
Yuvraj also said that the award means a lot to him especially after battling cancer.
"I feel proud of now being known as an Arjuna Awardee. I am also excited because the President presented the award and it means a lot. It was a momentous occasion for me and my family," said Yuvraj.
"Life is tougher for them compared to cricketers and that's why they deserve greater accolades. They are very special achievers who do their country proud and I felt privileged to be in such company."
Talking about his battle, after being diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer in February 2012, the 30-year old said it was frightening to say the least.
"Cancer was frightening, but I am glad it is over now. I know how people appreciated my World Cup performance (Man-of-the-tournament) and how they supported me in my battle against cancer. I can never forget their affection."
On his return to international cricket, Yuvraj said, he was eagerly waiting for the two T20 internationals against New Zealand, as he wants to start afresh.
"I have been training at the National Cricket Academy for the last three months. I also played in a couple of practice matches recently where I managed to perform well. I think I am ready to play in my first international match after a year's gap on September 8," the 30-year-old said.
"It feels nice to have Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) and (Lakshmipathy) Balaji back in the Indian team. It will be great to be back in the Indian team."