Yuvraj Singh scored a career best 150 against England in the second ODI at Cuttack    IANS
Yuvraj Singh scored a career best 150 against England in the second ODI at Cuttack IANS

Bhubaneshwar: Before leaving for Kolkata for the third ODI against England, star cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Friday spent time with children afflicted with cancer and autism at a hotel in the city. Yuvraj, who entertained scores of cricket lovers with his explosive innings at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack yesterday, also made children smile and laugh for some time. Two former cricketers from the state, Debashish Mohanty and Shiv Sundar Das, facilitated the meeting of the children with Yuvraj. The children were undergoing treatment at a private hospital here. The kids were enthralled after spending time with Yuvraj who himself is a cancer survivor.

The Indian cricket sensation was diagnosed with a malignant tumour in his lung in February, 2012 following which he underwent treatment in Boston. Yuvraj returned to the Indian team for the T20 International (T20I) series against Australia in January 2016. He then played in the Asia Cup T20 and the World T20 as well. After Virat Kohli’s appointent as India’s captain in the limited-overs, Yuvraj Singh earned a call-up to the ODI and T20I side for the series against England. He slammed career best 150 in the second ODI at Cuttack as India amassed 381 for 6, eventually winning the match by 15 runs.

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India have already won the series, going into the third and final ODI at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. India may it have the services of Shikhar Dhawan as he admitted himself to a hospital as soon as the team landed in Kolkata. His absence could pave way for Ajinkya Rahane to open with KL Rahul.