Yuvraj Singh's spirit is still up

Yuvraj Singh, known as an aggressive hitter and useful left-arm spin bowler, wrote on Twitter that he hoped to draw inspiration from Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who overcame testicular cancer to win numerous Tour de France titles.

Yuvraj Singh, the hero of India's victorious World Cup campaign last year, is being treated for lung cancer in the United States, his physiotherapist said.

Jatin Choudhary, Yuvraj's physiotherapist, said that the all-rounder was diagnosed in October and was being treated in Boston, but said the disease was in its early stages.

“Once he is done with chemo in March, his rehabilitation would be complete by April end and he would be perfectly fit to play in May,” Choudhary said.

Yuvraj's family said last November that the all-rounder had been battling a golf ball-sized non-malignant lung tumour which first affected him during the World Cup.

His mother said he had been “constantly” troubled by bouts of coughing and vomiting throughout the tournament, which India won on home soil in April.

Despite this, the left-hander scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets in nine matches to earn the Player of the Tournament award. Yuvraj, known as an aggressive hitter and useful left-arm spin bowler, wrote on Twitter that he hoped to draw inspiration from Lance Armstrong, the cyclist who overcame testicular cancer to win numerous Tour de France titles. “Reading Lance Armstrong's book it's not about the bike! I'm sure it will motivate me and pull me through this time! Livestrong yuvstrong!” Yuvraj wrote.

The cricketer rejected reports that he had undergone surgery, tweeting “I'm just on medication!”

He has not played competitive cricket since November, when he took part in two of the three home Tests against the West Indies, missing India's current tour of Australia.