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India cricketer Yuvraj Singh home after cancer therapy

  • 9 April 2012
  • From the section India
Indian cricket star Yuvraj Singh gestures as he stands with his mother Shabnam as they make their way through the media on arrival at the airport in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 9, 20
Yuvraj has said he is "absolutely fine" after his cancer treatment

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who underwent treatment for cancer in the United States, has returned to India after three months.

He underwent chemotherapy at a hospital in Indianapolis. Doctors say Yuvraj, 30, is expected to make a full recovery and resume his cricket career.

His health deteriorated during the World Cup last year, which India won for the first time since 1983.

He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, called mediastinal seminoma.

Yuvraj spent a couple of weeks recuperating in London after finishing his treatment in the US.

'Immense joy'

He landed in the Indian capital, Delhi, on Monday morning and was met by his mother, Shabnam Singh.

As the cricketer stepped out of the airport wearing a red cap, he was mobbed by reporters and photographers.

"He is absolutely fine," his mother Shabnam Singh told reporters. "It's a moment of immense joy, it's like we have won the World Cup again."

Earlier in his treatment, Yuvraj wrote on the micro-blogging site Twitter that he was feeling "better" after receiving a message of support from cycling legend Lance Armstrong.

Armstrong, who was treated for testicular cancer, runs a foundation for cancer survivors.

Yuvraj played his last international match in November 2011.

He was the man of the tournament in last year's World Cup, helping his country win the trophy for the first time since 1983.

On his performance in the World Cup, Yuvraj said in a video message to his fans last week that he "bowled well throughout and my fielding was bang on target".

The Indian cricketer also spoke of his cancer - diagnosed soon after the victory in April.

"I didn't expect to land up here after the World Cup, but that's life," he said.

"Now I'm treated and absolutely fine."

"I'll be back to normal health soon and look forward to playing for India," were Yuvraj's closing words on the video message.

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