Visakhapatnam: A giant banner welcoming Yuvraj Singh back to international cricket after 10 months, reading ‘Goodbye Cancer, Welcome Back Sixer’ summed up the mood at the venue of the first T20 International between India and New Zealand even as heavy rains lashed the Dr YSR Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium.
Amid the depressing weather, it was Yuvraj, sporting a bright smile and a badge that read ‘YouWeCan’, who stole the limelight of the full-house turnout at the 27,000 capacity stadium.
Heavy rains lashed the stadium more than an hour before the start of the match but the crowd — and the cricket fans all over the world — waited patiently to see Yuvraj back again, after conquering a rare germ cell cancer.
Even amid the bad weather, the official broadcaster kept showing highlights of the India-England 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, when Yuvraj had hit six sixes in a Stuart Broad over.
Yuvraj reciprocated the gesture, saying, “Dawa se dua bahut hoti hai (sometimes prayers work wonders than medicine).
“It’s a great feeling to be back. The preparation has been very well. I have pushed myself, every hour, every day. The rain is unfortunate. But I just can’t wait to be back on the field,” the 30-year-old, who last played for India in November last year, said.
There was not just one banner, many of them welcoming Yuvraj were seen all over the gallery in the rain-soaked atmosphere.
‘Yuvi, we want again 6×6 six sixers’, ‘The King of Sixer is Back’, ‘Yuvi Is Back’, ‘God please stop the rain, we want to see Yuvi back again’, read some of the banners.
Not only from areas surrounding Visakhapatnam but people from far away had come to see Yuvraj’s comeback match.