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Yuvraj back home after cancer treatment

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Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh (C), along with his mother Shabnam (C front), arrives at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi April 9, 2012.      — REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

NEW DELHI: India’s World Cup cricket hero Yuvraj Singh returned home on Monday after receiving treatment for a cancerous tumour in the United States.

Sporting a black jacket and red baseball cap, the 30-year-old all-rounder gave thumbs up signs to well-wishers who had gathered at New Delhi airport to welcome him back.

“He is absolutely fine and will rest at home for another 10-15 days,” his mother Shabnam Singh told reporters at the airport.

Left-handed Yuvraj, named man of the tournament after India’s World Cup triumph at home last April, was diagnosed with a rare condition, mediastinal seminoma — a malignant tumour between his lungs — soon after the event.

After completing three sessions of chemotherapy in Boston in March, he had moved to London before returning to India.

“Finally the day has come! i am going home tomorrow! cant wait, excited to see my friends and family ..see you India!!,” Yuvraj said on Twitter on Sunday.

Thousands of well-wishers, politicians, his team-mates and other sports personalities including US cycling great Lance Armstrong had sent messages to the ailing all-rounder who is known for his aggressive batting and disciplined spin bowling.

“Today the entire country is happy, god is happy and I am very happy. My son has come back as a winner,” Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh told the NDTV news channel.—AFP

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