Gurgaon: Apr 11, 2012
Recalling the time he spent recuperating from cancer, Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday said he would avoid watching cricket as it left him frustrated.
"I would stay away from cricket because whenever I saw a match, I used to feel frustrated. Just staying in the house, to get up and do anything was a tough job. I used to try and walk. I played video games, watched movies. My mother would cook for me. I was not able to do much. It was tough to get out of the house and move around," he said.
The 30-year-old said it was hard for him to come to terms with the illness when it was first diagnosed in October last year.
"It was tough for me. Six months it took to diagnose whether I had cancer. I think it was tough because I had lot of trouble breathing. I used to cough a lot. There used to be blood in my cough," he recalled.
"I didn't tell anyone, I never showed it to anyone what I was going through. I was always cheerful and kept telling myself that I will be fine but I knew there was a serious issue. I just had to come out of it somehow," he said when asked whether he shared the details of his ailment with his teammates at first.
The cricketer said despite the ordeal he has been through, he remains an optimistic person.
"Mentally, I think I have to be positive. There is lot of happiness inside me. At the moment, I am really happy. So I am very positive. I am just thinking about things and just happy to be back," he said.
Yuvraj also hinted at doing something for cancer patients given what he himself went through.
"Obviously this thing hit me very hard. Cancer is out of my system but the scar remains. In future I will definitely do something for the people," he said.(PTI)