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Yuvraj dedicates MoM award to Mom, cancer patients

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Updated: Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 11:02 [IST]
 
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Despite exit, Yuvi feels victorious

Colombo, Oct 3: India's Yuvraj Singh, who made a comeback to the national T20 side ahead of the World T20, has silenced his critics, as he played a vital role in Team India's World T20 campaign after battling cancer.

Yuvraj Singh, who picked two wickets for 23 runs off four overs, in the last Super Eights clash against South Africa, said it was unfortunate to crash out after having won four out of five games.

"It is unfortunate. Winning four out of five matches is top-effort. But that's how the format is," he said.

Moreover, his comeback was the hot topic for debate among many people, as some criticized the selectors for showing sympathy as he had not played first class cricket for almost a year, as he was recovering from the dreaded disease.

Yuvraj, having helped India win the World Cup in 2011, had to do something extraordinary during World T20, which he managed to do as he became the second highest wicket-taker for India in this edition of World T20, as he finished with 8 scalps.

"I heard some people said what Yuvraj was doing in the playing eleven. But I am happy that I could take some wickets because I did not do much with the bat," said Yuvraj.

He also admitted that one off day could change the fate of the team, after they failed to qualify for the last four stage of the tournament.

"Twenty20 is unpredictable and we are disappointed that we could not qualify for the semifinals," he added.

Talking about his experience battling cancer, Yuvraj said he had not thought about playing for India again, after he was awarded the man of the match for his effort in the last Super Eights clash against South Africa at Colombo on Tuesday.

"There was a time I felt I will never play again. I feel victorious. Having this man of the match award is great. I dedicate it to all cancer patients and my mother."

Yuvraj also admitted that he is completely fit after battling cancer.

"I am fit enough to play for India and I will get even fitter if I play more and more Test and ODI cricket."

The 30 year old scored 66 runs off 4 matches, with a highest score of 21, at a strike rate of 108.9 but excelled with the ball, as he picked 8 wickets in this edition of World T20, to finish second after Laxmipathi Balaji who claimed 9 wickets to top the table.

Having made a successful comeback, Yuvraj admitted that though he is disappointed with the team's early exit, he feels victorious, as he has achieved something that he had not thought of a couple of months ago while recovering from cancer.

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Story first published:  Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 10:53 [IST]
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