Singh hopes to get back in form as soon as possible
India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has announced that he is tired of dwelling on having been treated for a rare form of lung cancer over the past year and added that he was just glad to be back representing India in Test cricket again.
Singh made a brilliant 74 upon his return at Ahmedabad, but since then has started to look a little shabby in the eyes of the national selectors.
“It’s wonderful to be back in whites. I cherish this experience and playing Test cricket for India is something that I have cherished all my life,” Singh told the official Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) website.
Singh was on track to score a century, but was unlucky to be dismissed on 74 by a full toss.
“It was a good start but I should actually have scored a hundred in the first innings,” Singh admitted. “I was really upset when I got out on 74. Once you get set, you have to go and score a big one. But unfortunately I couldn’t do that.”
Singh’s last Test series before his cancer treatment was back in November 2011 when he played against the West Indies at Eden Gardens.
Once his recovery period was over, Singh immediately hit the gym and nets in the hopes of reviving his international cricketing career.
Singh also noted that he had felt extremely confident coming into the Test series against England.
“I was confident of doing well because I had good all-round performances in my last two domestic games,” he said.
Despite being a regular face on India’s limited overs squads, Singh has never really been able to secure his spot in the Test side.
“There’s no point looking back and thinking about what people think of me,” Singh added. “I’m back into the team and it’s time for me to look forward.”
Since Singh started his cancer treatment, India’s young batting sensation Virat Kohli has already made a name for himself and is a regular face on the national team in all three formats of the game.
“I think his growth has been phenomenal,” Singh said. “He’s one of the fittest guys in the team. He’s lost a lot of weight and has gotten stronger. He has learnt how to convert 60s and 70s into big hundreds.
“He works really hard in whatever he does. His attitude towards the game is brilliant. At this age, his focus and determination are worth watching and learning from. He will go from strength to strength.”