It was too painful even to look at Yuvraj, says mother Shabnam

Yuvraj Singh was named the Player of the Tournament for the ICC 2011 World Cup Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Nov 27, 2011

Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh s mother Shabnam has revealed that despite being diagnosed with a “non-malignant tumour” in his left lung, the flamboyant cricketer kept returning on the field and try winning games for the country.

“He was coughing and vomiting all through the tournament (World Cup). But we thought it was just the stress, and his desire to excel on the biggest stage… so we ignored it,” Shabnam told Times of India.

“After all the excitement and the celebrations, we went for medical advice when the problem persisted. To our horror, we found a golf-ball sized lump over his left lung,” she said.

“We were devastated. We just couldn’t accept it. He has had bouts of cough for a long time; but we were told it was common allergy… to dust and pollution.”

“We couldn’t take it initially; it was too painful even to look at Yuvi. It wasn’t just the fear that is associated with the dreaded word that gnawed at us; it was unbearable to see the way he suffered. He was in excruciating pain all the time,” Yuvraj s mother said.

“We were all worried. But he would only keep telling us one thing. ‘I am a brave boy. I will come out of this,'” she said.

During the entire ICC 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj used to get bouts of cough and vomit. He went through three tests, and finally, in October, the third biopsy confirmed that the tumour was benign.

“Until then, we believed it was malignant, that it could be life-threatening,” Shabnam said.

“He became quieter and endured everything in the privacy of his home; he made sure nobody got to know about it,” she added.

Yuvraj, who was named player of the tournament of the ICC 2011 World Cup shared, “I didn’t believe the reports. I felt fine, and deep inside, I felt good too.”

The left-handed batsmen skipped West Indies tour citing lung infection, and underwent treatment and resumed practice.

Yuvraj went to England to play the Test series, looked overweight and couldn t even complete the basic training drills.

He scored a fine half-century in the second Test, but a fractured finger ruled him out of the entire tour.

Yuvraj kept fighting with the fear and tried getting back to life and cricket. “He couldn’t return to full gym-work yet. He would be breathless in no time. But, he would just not give up,” Shabnam revealed.

“He has slept so many days with big needles in his body. I remember when he realized that he could get a chance to play in the Tests against the West Indies he was going to play a Twenty20 match for Punjab. The previous night he had done some tests and his arm was all swollen up. He couldn’t even move it properly.

“But he refused to listen. He didn’t want to lose another opportunity.”

Yuvraj failed with the bat in the first two Tests against the West Indies, and resultantly, he was dropped from the Indian squad for Australia tour.

He has been advised one-month complete rest, after which he can get back to cricket, probably for the One-Day International series in Australia.