I can't wait for Sep 8 anymore, says Yuvraj Singh

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Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 9:18 [IST]
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Mumbai, Sep 6: India's stylish batsman Yuvraj Singh is excited about playing his first international match after battling cancer as he is unable to wait for till Saturday, when India play New Zealand in the first T20 at Vizag.

Yuvraj excited about making a comeback

"It's going to be a huge moment in my life. I can't wait for Sept 8 anymore. Every day I put a status 8 days, 7 days, I can't wait for the excitement," Yuvraj told IANS.

"I can't wait to hold my bat, stand anywhere on the field that is one environment that I am used to that is what I was doing for 15 to 17 years and when that was taken away from me it was a shock. How many hours how many minutes I just can't wait honestly," he said.

The cricketer, who was named the man of the tournament during the World Cup last year has not played an ODI since then, after playing the World Cup final against Sri Lanka on Apr 2, 2011.

Yuvraj, who was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer earlier this year, had to undergo chemotheraphy and rehabilitaiton, as he resumed training a couple of months ago after recovering completely from the dreaded disease.

The stylish left-hander turns philosophical talking baout his experience in battling cancer, as he said he just wanted to save his life.

"Before cancer life was happy go lucky and the only tension was about my future, career, to win matches. But when I was diagnosed with cancer I only used to think about saving my life. When I came back home saving my life I was thankful to god for giving my life back," Yuvraj told reporters.

Yuvraj shared his experience on battling cancer and said there were a few occasions when he had some negative thoughts about the treatment and cancer, but he just hoped to play for India again and finally the moment has arrived as he is a part of the T20 squad for the World Cup and the T20s against New Zealand starting this Saturday.

"It was difficult I was not sure whether I will survive but I was positive that I will come out of it. One day my doctor said I have seen all your tests you are doing really well you have shown lot of courage when you will walk out of this hospital you will be a man who never had cancer. It was very motivating and inspiring to me what doctors told me so that made me more positive," he added.

All I used to think was I will go back and play for India one day," he said.

When asked about what motivated him during his tough times, Yuvraj said it was Lance Amstrong's story that inspired and motivated him to make a comeback.

"Lance Armstrong will always be a hero he is somebody who has battled cancer and comeback these kinds of things motivated. He is a real life hero. My course system was strong for me to comeback. There were very few people around me but people who really mattered," the 30 year old said.

Since he has been preparing well for the last couple of months, Yuvraj has been confident that he can play well and also said that he is eagerly waiting for that moment since a long time.

"I have trained really hard it was not easy on my body after cancer and as I said I just can't wait," he said.

"I have been preparing for last couple of months in the National academy and have played a couple of matches along with team in the last four days and I can't wait to step on the field because that is something which is going to be a huge day for me," Yuvraj told IANS here on Wednesday.


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