In a media interaction here today, Yuvraj’s India teammate, Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag said, “He has come back and will start his rehabilitation and start exercising very soon. We are all looking forward [to seeing him in action]. I am very happy that he is back and in the coming two or three days I will personally go and see him wish him and see how he is doing now. I am hoping that he will get back on the field very soon.”
Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who has just joined his IPL team DD, echoed Viru’s sentiments. “We were playing in Sri Lanka against Australia when we heard [about Yuvraj’s illness for the] first time. I tried to get hold of Yuvi but I couldn’t. I have played with him in Kings XI before. I managed to get hold of his manager and spoke to him about Yuvraj and his treatment. I am very happy with what has been done [...]. The tweet we got from him says he is good spirits – that’s great. We wish him very well. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, he will be on the field playing. That is what he wants to do as well and it will be great for all of us if he could get back on the field and start playing cricket.”
“I was lucky enough to see Yuvraj last night before he flew to Delhi [from London]. [...] To see another professional go through tough times – that makes you appreciate [the] good times […] Anything that we can do for other professionals to help them through bad times, it’s our job to do. We [must] make sure we accommodate them, help them and give them anything they need. Yuvraj is a fighter [...],” said Kevin Pietersen who joins the Daredevils for their match against defending champions CSK tomorrow.
Speaking about their match tomorrow, DD captain Sehwag hoped that like the Rajasthan Royals and PWI yesterday, they too could win their first game on home soil. Jayawardene, who was addressing the conference with Sehwag and Pietersen, spoke about his and KP’s role as senior team members. “Our role is to help Viru on and off the field. We have a good blend of experience and youth. Our role would be to guide the youngsters. KP and I will have a higher responsibility on and off the field. It is a good, fun thing. [...] It is time to plot to get Kumar Sangakkara, who is also my best friend, out.”
“It is a good combination that we have got. [....] We have good experienced guys and youngsters who can learn and who can do the job. I think it is a great thing for Indian cricket and that’s what is so brilliant [...],” KP added.