India’s cancer-stricken World Cup star Yuvraj Singh said on Wednesday he was inspired after getting a message from US cycling legend Lance Armstrong wishing him a speedy recovery.
“Message from @lancearmstrong makes me feel better! Thank you lance means a lot hope we can meet,” tweeted Yuvraj, who is undergoing chemotherapy in the United States for a malignant tumour located between his lungs.
The ace all-rounder, named man of the tournament after India’s World Cup win in April last year, already said he had been drawing inspiration from Armstrong, who overcame testicular cancer to win the Tour de France seven times.
A photo of the message, posted on Yuvraj’s twitter account, read: “Yuvi, I want you to know that the entire LIVESTRONG team is here for you.
“We say it all the time, and truly believe in it: Knowledge is power, Unity is strength, and Attitude is everything. Please know that we are here to help you and your family in any way possible. Go Yuvi!! Livestrong.”
Yuvraj had earlier tweeted that he was reading Armstrong’s book It’s Not About The Bike, saying: “I’m sure the book will motivate me and pull me through this difficult time.”
He had a dream run in the World Cup, scoring 362 runs and grabbing 15 wickets in nine matches. He has not played competitive cricket since taking part in two of three home Tests against the West Indies in November.
Yuvraj has so far scored 8 051 runs in 274 one day internationals and 1 775 runs in 37 Tests since making his international debut in 2000. — AFP