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A huge victory for me and my family:Yuvraj

It was an emotional day for Yuvraj Singh and he literally had to hold back tears when the news of his selection for the World T20 Championship reached him on Friday.

Yuvraj Singh

“It’s an emotional moment for me,” said the dashing batsman. “I’m feeling elated. It’s always been a dream to play for India and I am grateful to the BCCI and the selectors for reposing their faith in my ability once again.”It was a battle for him and his family which they have won. “The day I was diagnosed with cancer, I told myself that I am going to make a comeback into the Indian team. It’s a huge victory for me and my family, especially my mother who has been a pillar of strength. I am going to celebrate this day with my family and friends. I have also got some phone calls from my teammates. It feels really great.” Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam Singh was short of words. “I am ecstatic,” she said before rushing to a temple.It’s remarkable how he has recovered from the germ cell cancer between his lungs and has fought back into the national team just a few months after chemotherapy.How could he do it? “That’s me,” was his reply. When asked about India’s chances in the World T20 meet, he said: “On paper, we are a very strong team and I don’t see any reason why we can’t make it to the top four. But there are some good teams like Australia, England, South Africa and hosts Sri Lanka.”Yuvraj was happy with the progress he has made while training at the National Cricket Academy. “There was never a problem with my batting but with some hard training my stamina has improved a lot. I’m again heading back to NCA and will spend another two weeks to prepare hard for the T20 matches,” he added. Yuvraj will also play a few local tournaments to get back into matchplay mode.

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