Yuvraj Singh: Cancer is like a yorker, you have to hit it for a six
This was India team’s stylish left-handed cricketer Yuvraj Singh talking about “survivorship” on the World Cancer Day.
On Monday, it was not about cricket. As Yuvraj told the gathering of cancer survivors: “Today is about survivorship.”
Yuvraj wiped the constantly welling tears as he watched a video showing him taking multiple injections and undergoing chemotherapy at a hospital in Indianapolis where he had battled the stage-1 cancerous tumour in his left lung. “I always cry. It is my mother who remained strong but I became a crybaby. I felt that life might come to an end,” he said.
But, the event was not about self pity and Yuvraj cracked jokes.
He described how he had a craving for kadhi chawal and one of his friends drove 11 hours to bring him the dish. But his weakened body was unable to keep the food down.
For the survivors at the event — those undergoing treatment and those in remission — Yuvraj’s presence brought hope and reassurance.
“When I went into remission four years ago, there was some stigma from my friends. But ever since Yuvraj went public with his cancer, there was more understanding,” said 18-year-old Chandan Kumar. “He may not have been around when we were recovering