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Recovering Yuvraj returns to warm welcome

New Delhi: Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who underwent three cycles of chemotherapy in United States for a rare germ cell cancer between his lungs, returned to the country today to a rousing reception from adoring fans here.

Received by his mother Shabnam at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, Yuvraj came on a British Airways flight this morning after spending some days in London to recuperate from the after-effects of the chemotherapy.

His head, which went bald during the treatment, was covered by a red sports cap. Wearing a red T-shirt teamed with Khaki pants, Yuvraj made his way through hordes of fans and waiting media personnel after coming out from back gate of the airport.

Flashing a victory sign and a smile, the 30-year-old walked through patiently towards a white Audi SUV, which drove him to his Gurgaon home from the airport. "The cancer is completely out of his system and he is better now," a friend who was with him London during the treatment said.

The Man of the Tournament from last year`s World Cup, which India won after 28 years, had gone to the United States for treatment in January. "finally the day has come ! i am going home tomorrow ! cant wait , excited to see my friends and family ..see you india!! mera bharat mahan!" Yuvraj had tweeted on Sunday.

It was an emotional homecoming for the cricketer with fans crowding the airport exit, besides the expected media frenzy. Some fans had come all the way from Punjab to welcome the aggressive batsman, who was given an inspirational message by cycling legend and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong during the treatment. .

In a 19-second video on Twitter, Armstrong had urged Yuvraj to keep moving forward optimistically.

"Hi Yuvi, I am Lance Armstrong and welcome home. Man you have got one big following, I have heard about you every hour of every day since you have been diagnosed. We are pulling for you, so glad you are healthy now. Have a great life, don`t look back, live strong buddy," the 40-year-old American had said.

The left-handed batsman, who was met by fellow cricketers such as Anil Kumble and Sachin Tendulkar during the course of his treatment, is not expected to play for a few more months.

Yuvraj will announce his future plans and details about treatment that he underwent in a press conference on Wednesday. He missed the entire Australian tour and also the ongoing the Indian Premier League season 5 due to his ailment.

Yuvraj has scored 8,051 runs in 274 one-dayers and 1,775 runs in 37 Tests since making his international debut in 2000.

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