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Yuvraj to start training in a week or two

New Delhi, Apr 22: Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who recently returned after undergoing three cycles of chemotherapy in USA for a rare germ cell cancer, says he is set to start training in a "week or
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PTI 22 Apr 2012, 02:36 PM IST
New Delhi, Apr 22: Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who recently returned after undergoing three cycles of chemotherapy in USA for a rare germ cell cancer, says he is set to start training in a "week or two".

"I'll start training in a week or two. I definitely want to get back on the field as soon as possible and wear my India cap again," Yuvraj said.

The left-hander said he would take a call  on getting into serious cricket depending on the way his body responds to training.

"I can't really give a time right now, because I'll have to see how my body responds to the training and the workouts," he was quoted as saying in IPL's official website.

Yuvraj, who was last year diagnosed with a malignant tumour between his lungs, returned to  India on April 9.

"The doctors haven't given me any medicine. They said the effect of chemo is completely out of my system. It's been about five weeks now and I feel stronger day by day," Yuvraj added.

Yuvraj, who led Pune Warriors in the last IPL, said the team will pull through under former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly's leadership in the ongoing edition.

"He's (Ganguly) had a lot of experience as a captain for Team India and he'd be the best guy to lead the team at the moment. I just hope that they get into last four, and with his experience the team can really pull through.

 "My team (Pune Warriors) is doing really well and it's great to watch them play. It is an exciting experience to watch the matches as a fan for the first time," he said. .

The Man-of-the-Series award  winner during  World Cup, 2011  says:  "Yes, the World Cup was the highest high of my career. And from there to plunge into the lowest phase of life, it was very hard to digest. At first, I didn't believe it was happening and I was not ready to accept it.

"It took me close to two months to get to terms with the fact and understand what was actually happening to me." Yuvraj said recovering from a disease like cancer has been his greatest achievement.

"As a sportsperson, when you're not performing, you know you'll always come back by working hard. But with cancer, you don't know whether you'll ever come back. And to be able to beat the disease is my greatest achievement in life."

Yuvraj Singh said he was thrilled to meet Anil Kumble during the course of his treatment.

 "His visit was really motivating. Before that, I had only seen him on the field and in the dressing room as a cricketer. It was nice to meet him as a person and chat to him."

Singh said by keeping a positive outlook during the toughest battle of his life, he wanted to send out a message to those who are suffering from cancer.

 "The main reason for me to be positive and show everyone that I was being strong was to send a message back home that if you're suffering from such a disease, you need to fight it out. If you have a strong mind and support from your family, you can definitely win the battle.

"The awareness of cancer in India is not that great. A lot of people ignore the symptoms or hide the disease. I can relate with all the cancer patients and can feel their pain."

 Yuvraj said in  future, he would like to help out those who are suffering from the disease.

 "I definitely want to do something for the Cancer Society. The plans are there, but everything takes time. Lance Armstrong's foundation, Livestrong took a couple of years to generate the kind of money it did."
 
 
 

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