Singh is thankful for getting a second chance to represent his country
India batsman Yuvraj Singh has expressed his excitement over being selected to represent his country at the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 next month in Sri Lanka.
Singh stated that he felt “like he was being selected for India for the first time.”
He will also play two Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand, who are currently touring India, at the end of the month.
It has almost been a year that Singh has not represented India in any international cricket, after he was diagnosed with a rare form of germ cell cancer called Mediastinal Seminoma.
Singh was in the United States for two months to undergo chemotherapy to help treat his cancer, and for the past six weeks he has been training at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore in order to improve his match fitness.
After learning the news that he had been diagnosed with cancer, Singh vowed “that one day I would come back and play for India again.”
Singh was also extremely grateful to be getting a second chance to represent his country, and said: “I was determined to do that. However much I had to go through with the cancer, I kept the faith because I wanted to step on the field again one day. Today, I’ve got the news that I am going to be stepping on the field again. I am ecstatic. I can’t wait to step on the field and wave the Indian flag!”
Even though Singh has been on the road to recovery, there are still some cricket pundits who believe the Indian batsman is not ready to make his return to international cricket just yet.
“Everyone was talking about whether I should be picked or not, so I wasn’t sure. I heard the [selection] news on the TV. It is as if I was being picked for India again – that same feeling that I can’t explain,” Singh said.
Singh noted that he had not been in contact with any of the selectors, but hoped that his fitness reports would convince them that he was ready to return to the international cricket scene.
Singh added that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had been “very supportive” during his treatment, and the selectors had shown “immense confidence in me. I want to thank a lot of people, friends, colleagues, doctors, physios and trainers for this day.”
Before getting into a full training routine at the National Cricket Academy, Singh explained that in the first two weeks he did a light training programme in order “to get into that training mode.”
The Indian batsman also revealed that the first three weeks of training had been extremely tough on his body since it was no longer accustomed to the gruelling training he usually endured before being diagnosed with cancer.
“I have another month or so to go for the World T20 so this month is going to be very crucial for me getting ready,” Singh said.
Singh will play a few matches in the Buchi Babu invitational tournament before making his international return in two Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand.
When asked whether he would reclaim his spot on the ODI and Test roster, Singh said: “ODIs and Tests are tougher on the body, but T20 is the place to start. I hope to get stronger for longer formats with time.”