After Barabati, Yuvi steals cancer patients’ hearts in capital city

Bhubaneswar: After recovering from cancer and scoring his career best 150 runs off 127 balls in the second ODI against England at Barabati stadium in Cuttack, Yuvraj Singh here on Friday spent some time with cancer-afflicted children in Bhubaneswar prior to leaving for Kolkata for the 3rd ODI.

The Chandigarh southpaw interacted with the children at a city hotel here and enquired about their health conditions. Before the Indian team left for Kolkata to play the final match, the youth sensation too posed for selfie with the children.

Singh had a long drawn battle with cancer after the 2011 World Cup, a tournament that India won largely due to his performances with both bat and ball. He overcame the disease and launched YouWeCan, a foundation to aid cancer patients.

Yuvraj’s century on Thursday marks an incredible turnaround for a player whose career looked in doubt when he was diagnosed with cancer. Chances of his return to the Indian team also looked bleak after he was dropped from the side due to inconsistent form and fitness issues two years ago.

The ongoing ODI series against England is Yuvraj’s first appearance for India in nearly two years. His century is also his first since the 2011 World Cup. He and MS Dhoni built a 256 run partnership for the fourth wicket took India to a position of strength. From 25/3, India went on to put up a total of 381. England did get close to the target, largely led by skipper Eoin Morgan’s century but fell 15 runs short of the target.