Back to where he belongs: Yuvraj takes the field

  • Pune Warrior

    Yuvraj Singh plays with Pune Warrior players during his team visit on the ground before the match between Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers at Subrata ...

  • Yuvraj Singh

    Yuvraj Singh plays with Pune Warriors players during his team visit on the ground before the match between Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers at Subrata ...

  • Yuvraj Singh

    Yuvraj Singh plays with Pune Warriors players during his team visit on the ground before the match between Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers at Subrata ...

  • Subrata Roy Sahara

    Yuvraj Singh waves to the crowd during his team visit on the ground before the match between Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers at Subrata Roy ...

  • Yuvraj Singh

    Yuvraj Singh is greeted by Pune Warriors captain Sourav Ganguly during his team visit on the ground before the match between Pune Warriors and Deccan Chargers ...

  • Yuvraj Singh

    Yuvraj Singh practices some shots before the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Pune Warriors India and Deccan Chargers at The Sahara Stadium in Pune. Singh ...

As the Pune Warriors warmed up in their grey and yellow training gear, ahead of the game against the Deccan Chargers, one man, wearing the Warriors' match jersey and training trouser, gently knocked the ball on the adjacent strip.

The focus was on the bald man and rightly so. It was the first time in three months, since his recovery from germ cell cancer, did Yuvraj Singh spend some time on a cricket field.

No wonder, rather than the match, almost every spectator at the near-full Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium was keen on following India's World Cup hero through the evening.

Owners' pride
As soon as Yuvraj entered the ground, he was greeted by the Warriors' owners. He then received a 'welcome back' kind of tight hug from teammate Robin Uthappa.

After sharing a joke or two with Rahul Sharma and Mithun Manhas, it was time to give a pep talk to the Warriors' squad during their huddle at the start of the warm-ups. After pushing a few balls, Yuvraj got another hug from Sunil Gavaskar, which was followed by a brief chat. What ensued were a series of interviews with the official IPL broadcaster.

If it was surprising to see Yuvraj motivate the players instead of skipper Sourav Ganguly, one just needed to recall that at the start of IPL V, Ganguly had said that he wouldn't have been leading the side but for Yuvraj's ill-health.

After all, what he has been through, including three cycles of chemotherapy, the Warriors couldn't have asked for a better person than their last year's skipper to motivate them ahead of the match against DC.

 

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