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Heart is where cricket is for ailing Yuvraj

Yuvraj Singh, currently undergoing chemotherapy in the US for a cancerous tumour, may be feeling weak due to the administration of drugs, but physical weakness hasn't prevented him from staying abreast of the latest happenings in cricket, Ashutosh Sharma reports.

cricket Updated: Mar 02, 2012 02:35 IST
Ashutosh Sharma

Yuvraj Singh, currently undergoing chemotherapy in the US for a cancerous tumour, may be feeling weak due to the administration of drugs, but physical weakness hasn't prevented him from staying abreast of the latest happenings in cricket.

He was prompt to congratulate Virat Kohli for his match-winning century against Sri Lanka on Tuesday, which kept India afloat in the CB Series.

It's not just international cricket that Yuvraj's keeping a tab on - he is also interested in Punjab's progress in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/3/02_mar_pg19a.jpg

"He called me a few days back to find out the details of Punjab's match against the Services," said Punjab coach Vikram Rathore. "He sounded as positive as someone in his situation can be."

Yuvraj has completed the second cycle of chemotherapy and tweeted on Thursday that he was feeling a little weak after being administrated an antibiotic, bleomycin. "Second cycle has finished today! Had a bleomycin shot feeling weak but I'm sure tom(orrow) will be a better day! My next scan dated on 7th march," tweeted Yuvraj, who has been in the US since January.

The 30-year-old will undergo fresh scans to determine the extent to which the tumour has shrunk, and is slated to start rehabilitation in April.

"He is mentally very tough," added Rathore. "Yes, chemo will take a toll on his body. But when I spoke to him, he seemed to be in a good frame of mind."

Yuvraj, who went bald during the treatment, has been posting updates on his health on the social networking site, including one in which he mentioned that the tumour, which is sandwiched between the lungs, has almost subsided.

"His treatment is progressing well, and he is doing fine," said father, Yograj Singh. "I am sure that he will come back a better and fitter player."

Ravneet Ricky, a former cricketer and long-time friend, who has been in touch, said, "He is relieved health-wise, now that his tumour is almost gone. He has been sharing jokes and light banter with everyone."

The southpaw, who was the star of India's World Cup triumph in 2011, last played competitive cricket during the home series against the West Indies in November.