Yuvraj returns to emotional welcome in India

Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh returned to the country on Monday to a rousing reception from adoring fans after undergoing treatment in the United States for a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs.

Sporting a black jacket and a red cap, the 30-year-old landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport from London and headed to his home in Gurgaon, according to reports in the Indian media.

After taking three sessions of chemotherapy, Yuvraj had moved to London before returning home.

After reaching his home in Gurgaon, Yuvraj's mother Shabnam spoke briefly to waiting reporters but the man of the moment restricted himself to just waving at the fans from the balcony.

"I am very very happy that he is back. It was an innings that he fought alone but with the blessings of the country. He is absolutely fine. It feels like India has won the World Cup again," she said.

Yuvraj was man of the tournament in the 2011 World Cup.

"I think that the entire nation has been so good and he is so grateful that everyone is there. He does not have to see any doctor before another three months. For now, he will just rest," she said.

"I will cook him some aaloo paranthas and he will be taking rest for another 10-15 days before scheduling anything. He is very positive about the whole thing," she added.

His father Yograj Singh spoke to NDTV and said he's happy to see his son emerge as a winner. "Don't know how to thank u all. I am thankful to the god, to the people of this country. You prayed for my child and he's come back as a winner. I am proud of him and I love him a lot," he said.

"He has come back hale and hearty. I cry sometimes because of this happiness," he added.

Soon after reports of Yuvraj's arrival broke, veteran actor Anupam Kher tweeted: "Welcome back Yuvraj Singh. You are our REAL Life Hero. Your journey and courage is amazingly inspiring. Waiting to see you on the field.:)"

The fan club of his IPL team, Pune Warriors India tweeted: "Warrior Yuvraj Singh ( @YUVSTRONG12 ) is back in India. Welcome back Yuvi."

On Sunday, Yuvraj had tweeted: "finally the day has come ! i am going home tomorrow ! cant wait , excited to see my friends and family ..see you india!! mera bharat mahan !"

Yuvraj is expected to announce his future plans and details about treatment that he underwent in a press conference on Wednesday.

He missed the entire Australian tour and also the ongoing the Indian Premier League season 5 due to his ailment.

Yuvraj has scored 8,051 runs in 274 one-dayers and 1,775 runs in 37 Tests since making his international debut in 2000.

 

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