Yuvraj Singh: I'm a cricketer, fighter and survivor

Yuvraj Singh hopes things will change following his good show for India A in the recently concluded ODI series against the West Indies A © AFP

Bangalore: Sep 20, 2013

Having made a statement with the bat in the just-concluded India A series in Bangalore, Yuvraj Singh on Friday said that he hoped to get picked in the One-Day International (ODI) team.

“I had a fantastic tournament here (Bangalore). Hopefully it will change things for me,” he told reporters at the launch of cancer detection month by ‘YouWeCan’ and Indian Cancer Society.

“I am not here to talk about my comeback, when it is suppose to happen it will happen. I am here is for YouWeCan. At the end of the day I am a cricketer and I am a fighter and survivor,” he said.

India play home series against Australia and West Indies later this year.

Yuvraj, who led India A against West Indies A, scored 224 runs — 123, 40 and 61 — in the three-match unofficial ODI series which his side lost 1-2.

Replying to a query, Yuvraj said it was quite a battle after he was diagonised for cancer just after the 2011 World Cup which India won. “To be honest it was hard. I am now feeling fit.”

Speaking at a press conference in Bangalore, Yuvraj urged citizens to take a proactive stance in prioritising their health and opt for free screening of cancer without second thoughts.

He said Indians are more prone to cancer than ever before and hence regular or annual medical checkups should be part of everybody’s health checklist.

“Early detection of cancer is critical in saving lives. YouWeCan is here to generate awareness about cancer and facilitate its early detection,” Yuvraj said.