Yuvraj Singh’s back

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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.


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  1. I guess once you have fought (and hopefully beaten) mediastinal seminoma, ankylosing spondylitis seems like small beer.

    I guess this means that KP wouldn’t have been much use to England in India this autumn anyway; one or two overs of Yuvraj’s impenetrable left arm orthodox and KP would have been toast each time.

  2. We demand an article on L’Affaire KayPee…”KP’s back…to Natal” or something like that.

  3. I was worried there. I have had an interweb hiatus. I saw the headline ‘Yuvraj Singh’s back’. Would KC have been affected by the seriousness of the situation. Has he changed. Will there be a lack of ankylosing spondylitis?

    Phew. Glad to see it’s all as it should be.

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