As in ‘returned’. He hasn’t got ankylosing spondylitis or anything.
But he did have cancer.
His return is great news. We can’t imagine how it must feel to have gone from being told you have cancer to then being clear and regaining your place in the India team. It’s only a Twenty20 squad, but hopefully he’ll appear in all formats. That Test record could do with a bit of spit and polish and Yuvraj will be a strong contender to take any vacant slots when he’s fully recovered.
It’s hardly the point, but surely he’ll be a better batsman for this experience. It’s trite to talk of perspective, but he’ll have near immunity to pressure now. How could other people’s expectations ever feel at all threatening to a man who’s been through what he has?
We can’t see him being as distracted either. It’s not like he’ll have had some Damascene conversion from being a fame-hungry poser to a deadly serious cricketer, because he was never the former and he’ll never be the latter. He’s been prone to sunglasses and complacency before though – he says as much himself. Now he just wants to enjoy himself.
Yuvraj Singh won the World Cup, coughing up blood between matches.
“Playing cricket after this, looks a lot easier.”
There might be some impressive stuff to come. Good luck to him.