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14 July 2024

Yuvraj 'fit to play in May after cancer treatment'


India's World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh is expected to be fit to play in May after undergoing treatment for lung cancer in the United States, his physiotherapist said on Sunday.

Jatin Choudhary told television channel Headlines Today that the ace all-rounder, 30, was diagnosed with cancer in October and was being treated in Boston.

The disease was in its early stages, said Choudhary.

"Once he is done with chemo in March, his rehabilitation would be complete by April end and he would be perfectly fit to play in May," Choudhary told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Yuvraj's family said last November that the all-rounder had been battling a golf ball-sized non-malignant lung tumour which first affected him during India's triumphant World Cup campaign.

On Wednesday, the cricketer rejected reports that he had undergone surgery, tweeting "I'm just on medication!"

He was named man of the tournament following the World Cup victory at home in April after scoring 362 runs and grabbing 15 wickets in nine matches.

The World Cup star played in two of the three home Tests against the West Indies in November but was not picked for the four-Test series in Australia.

Yuvraj, who was unavailable for the ongoing triangular one-day series in Australia, has also opted out of the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) which starts in April.

Yuvraj, who has not played a one-day international since the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai last year, has so far scored 8,051 runs in 274 matches with 13 centuries.

He has also made 1,775 runs in 37 Tests since making his international debut in 2000.