Yuvraj Singh has had a tumultuous past couple of years battling cancer and his lack of form and fitness. However, nine months after being dropped from the Indian Test and ODI squads, the 31-year-old has staged one of the most memorable comebacks in sporting history. The national selection panel, headed by Sandeep Patil has recalled Yuvraj for the sole Twenty20 game and the first three ODIs in the seven-match series against Australia, which begins on October 10. For Yuvraj, it has been a story of sacrifices.
The person who is most pleased to see Yuvraj back in Indian colours is his mother and source of inspiration, Shabnam Singh. "He (Yuvraj) has been working very hard for this and I am extremely happy that he is back. He deserves to play for India for all the effort he has put in to his comeback," said Shabnam in an exclusive chat with NDTV.
Battling poor form and an injury-prone body, Yuvraj underwent a rigorous six-week programme in the rather obscure town of Brive La Gaillarde in central France in a bid to claw his way back to the Indian team. In July-August, Yuvraj trained under high performance trainer Tim Exeter, who has worked with Manchester United star Ryan Giggs. Yuvraj's mother also revealed that the middle-order batsman prevented her from traveling to France, so as to avoid getting pampered.