R Ashwin eats food before first T20 cricket match between India vs New Zealand at Dr. YSR Reddy ACA - VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam. The match was called off due to heavy rains and thunderstorms. HT photo/Ashok Nath Dey
Yuvraj Singh's keenly-awaited return after battling cancer ended with a damp squib as the first Twenty20 game against New Zealand was washed out on Saturday.
The game was abandoned without a ball being bowled as heavy rain lashing the southern coastal town of Visakhapatnam since late afternoon showed no signs of relenting.
The two-match series -- the second game takes place in Chennai on Tuesday -- is a build-up for the World Twenty20 which opens in Sri Lanka on September 18.
Yuvraj, 30, underwent chemotherapy in the United States in March and April to treat a rare germ-cell tumour between his lungs which was diagnosed late last year.
The left-hander, who was man of the tournament in India's World Cup triumph last year, was recalled to the Twenty20 side despite not having played competitive cricket since November.
The first T20 match between India and New Zealand was called off due to heavy rains and thunderstorms. HT photo/Ashok Nath Dey