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Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Lance Armstrong, Indian Premier League, Chemotherapy, Yuvraj Singh returns India

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who underwent three cycles of chemotherapy in the United States for a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs, returned to the country today to a rousing reception from adoring fans here.

Yuvraj came on a British Airways flight this morning after spending some days in London to recuperate from the after-effects of the chemotherapy. His mother Shabnam received him at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Flashing a victory sign and a smile, the 30-year-old walked through patiently towards a white Audi SUV, which drove him to his Gurgaon home from the airport.

“It (the cancer) is completely out of his system and he is better now,” a friend who was with him in London during the treatment said.

The Man of the Tournament in last year’s World Cup, which India won after 28 years, had gone to the United States for treatment in January.

“finally the day has come ! i am going home tomorrow ! cant wait , excited to see my friends and family ..see you india!! mera bharat mahan!” Yuvraj had tweeted yesterday.

Yuvraj was discharged on March 18 from a hospital in the United States.

After being diagnosed with the disease, Yuvraj underwent three sessions of chemotherapy and was discharged from his hospital in the United States last month.

He is expected to announce his future plans and details about treatment that he underwent after returning to the country.

Recently, Yuvraj met Sachin Tendulkar in London who had gone there to get a check up on a toe injury.

Former Indian captain Anil Kumble had also visited Yuvraj when he was in the US.

Yuvraj missed the entire Australian tour and will miss the Indian Premier League season 5 due to his ailment.

Yuvraj had also received an inspiring video message from his "real life hero" Lance Armstrong -- the cycling legend whose own successful battle with cancer is well-documented.

"Very special and inspiring message from my real life hero," Yuvraj had tweeted along with a link to the message from the cyclist who won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times after having survived testicular cancer.

In the 19-second video, Armstrong urged Yuvraj to keep moving forward optimistically.

"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," said the 40-year-old American.

Armstrong was 25 when was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer, which spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain.

Armstrong had an orchiectomy to remove his diseased testicle and was given less than a 40 per cent survival chance by his doctors. But he battled out of it successfully to not just survive but also renew his career as a cyclist.

Thousands of well-wishers have sent messages to cricketer, who is known for his aggressive batting and disciplined spin bowling.

Yuvraj has scored 8,051 runs in 274 one-dayers and 1,775 runs in 37 Tests since making his international debut in 2000.

Sun 08 Apr, 2012,11:07:33 PM
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