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Yuvraj resumes training, sets sight on T20 World Cup

June 25, 2012 - Bengaluru

All-rounder Yuvraj Singh has returned to rigorous training, raising the possibility of an international comeback in September's Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

Yuvraj, 30, has not appeared in any form of the game since last November when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

He underwent chemotherapy in the United States before returning to India in April to continue his rehabilitation.

Interacting with reporters on Monday, Singh said that his target is Twenty-20 cricket.

"This is my second week at rehab, I have gone to my second stage, and I am feeling good. Slowly my body will become stronger and the Twenty20 World Cup is my target, so hopefully I can come (in the Indian cricket squad) a little before that," Singh said.

Singh added that he was overwhelmed by the support rendered by fans.

"I feel very loved and you know obviously the wishes of one's own country, you know I want to come back and play for India. It is not really easy on the body, I have gone through a lot, body has gone through a lot of shock so its going to take time. People expect me to come back very quickly, but it's not going to be possible. I have to take my time and I want to come back 100 percent fit," he said.

He also said that he has been in contact with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and is training under their guidance.

"I have to work for a month and a half and obviously I have to play a little bit of domestic cricket and be fully prepared to come back. Yes I have been in regular touch with the BCCI. I have been advised to come here and train," Singh said.

The player of the tournament at last year's 50-over World Cup, won by India, Yuvraj effectively set the Twenty20 concept alight single-handedly, when he blasted six sixes in one over off England's Stuart Broad at the inaugural event in South Africa in 2007.


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