Dubai: Yuvraj Singh has reaffirmed that he is not rushing himself into an international comeback and that he would rather avoid returning to action prematurely.
"I can't really give a timeframe but I have to see how my body is recovering and how fast I can come on the field," he said in the first edition of the ICC's new weekly multi-platform show, ICC Cricket 360°. "I don’t want to rush and I don't want to come back at 75% fitness. I might take six months, I might take two months. But the day I feel 100% I surely will be back."
The 30-year-old batsman admitted that when the news of him diagnosed with the disease came to his notice, he was shocked and it took him some time to come to terms with the fact. "Initially it was hard to accept that a guy like me, who is training six to seven hours a day, running around all the time as an athlete, can get diagnosed with something like this. It took a long time to sink in but eventually I made peace with it. I knew I have an issue and I have to sort it out."
The 30-year-old is confident he will return to playing cricket for India, but is not in a hurry to do so.
Yuvraj said that he was moved by the overwhelming support he got from his fans and their wishes helped him to remain in blithe vein. "The support was overwhelming, especially from India. One of the students from a college in Indianapolis came to see me and I felt like I was in India. I just want to thank everybody for their support and for their care. I went through chemotherapy which is hard for everybody but the wishes and the love is what made me come back."
Yuvraj revealed that he took to Twitter to share his battle with cancer with his fans as he wanted to convey the correct information about his health and treatment, and also wanted to spread the message that this disease could be overcome. "There was a lot of speculation on what cancer I had, what had been going on, so I just want to keep everybody in the loop by saying this is what is happening and this is how my treatment is being done and I’m being positive. I just want to spread the message to other people who are diagnosed with such a disease that they can also fight it with the support of their family and their loved ones."
He also expressed happiness about his recovery and said that he's currently in the happy space. "I'm feeling good. It's been two months since I finished my chemotherapy. Initially my energy levels were low but now I am following my diet and eating loads of food and it's getting better in recovery. I've done six or seven sessions very light training and very light yoga. I'm just getting back into the groove of being a normal person, breathe normally, which is a lot of excitement and fun for me at the moment."