Fit again Yuvraj back home after battling cancer (Lead)

April 9th, 2012 - 3:15 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) India’s star batsman Yuvraj Singh returned home Monday morning amid much fanfare after undergoing treatment for rare germ cell cancer in the United States.

Yuvraj had been resting in London for some time after undergoing treatment for three months at the Boston Institute of Cancer Research.

Yuvraj posed with his mother Shabnam for shutterbugs as a huge crowd gathered at the Indira Gandhi International Airport for a glimpse of India’s 2011 World Cup hero. He then left for his residence in Gurgaon.

Yuvraj waved at the huge crowd that had assembled outside his house since morning. He will address the media Wednesday.

“I’m happy to be back home. Recovering well,” said Yuvraj, adding that his first meal at home was gobi paranthas.

Shabnam added that her son was fine.

“Yuvraj is fine. He has to rest for 10-15 days. Yuvi will meet his doctor after three months. He has fought a long innings against cancer. We are grateful to his fans for their support and wishes,” said Shabnam.

Yuvraj’s father, Yograj Singh told television channels that his son was fine and hoped to see him back on the cricket field soon.

“Yuvi has fought a battle very difficult to cope up with. He’s very strong… He’s come back hail and hearty and that is a beautiful moment for me,” he said.

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar visited Yuvraj in London last week while former India captain Anil Kumble had flown to the US to meet the star cricketer when he was undergoing chemotherapy.

Yuvraj’s hero, legendary cyclist Lance Armstrong, who survived cancer, also wished the cricketer through micro-blogging site Twitter. Yuvraj had looked up to Armstong as a motivation during his battle with the disease.

“Hi Yuvi, I am Lance Armstrong and welcome home. Man you have got one big following, I have heard about you every hour of every day since you have been diagnosed. We are pulling for you, so glad you are healthy now. Have a great life, don’t look back, live strong buddy,” the American said in a 19-minute video posted on Twitter.

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