It was an accidental medical check-up at a newly launched Gurgaon Sports Injury Clinic that detected the illness Yuvraj Singh was suffering from and which led to his missing out of next month's West Indies tour, according to the physician at the facility.
Dr P D S Kohli of the Sports Injury Clinic, which was inaugurated by Yuvraj last week, said the star batsman did not initially take his problem seriously and he was the one who convinced him that he should not take it lightly.
When he came to inaugurate Dr Kohli's clinic, Yuvraj complained of the problems in his lungs and he got tired easily. "Then I told him we will have the test after the inauguration. After the results came in he took it lightly and said he wanted to continue playing," Kohli said.
Kohli said he told Yuvraj that he should take the illness seriously and would need two-three weeks rest to recover from it. He then wrote a letter to the BCCI informing about the medical status of Yuvraj, who was earlier named in the ODI squad for the West Indies tour. "This is to inform you that Yuvraj Singh is under my medical care.
Presently he is suffering from an upper respiratory infection, with a small patch of pneumonitis in the left lung," Kohli wrote in the letter to the BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan. "He is advised complete rest for about 2-3 weeks along with medical treatment," he said. Acting on the medical report, the Cricket Board selection committee today decided to leave out Yuvraj for the Test tour of West Indies next month while Manoj Tiwary has been named as his replacement for the T20 and ODI series.