• The life Yuvi has got back

    ‘I wouldn’t have survived a fourth cycle... I would’ve died’, says the cancer survivor.


    “More strong mentally, much more positive, more religious....” That, in his own words, is the Yuvraj Singh of today.

    The smile is back. As is the hair on the 30-year-old’s pate, which had fallen off during the three cycles of chemotherapy in the US.

    Having successfully fought against a rather rare form of germ cell cancer, Yuvraj is focused on two things: making his India comeback (which should be in Vizag on September 8) and spreading awareness through YouWeCan, set up by the foundation which bears his name.

    After over six hours of sweating it out at the National Cricket Academy here, Yuvraj spent around 20 minutes in the pool at the luxurious ITC Gardenia. The day’s training complete, he spoke to The Telegraph over tea and sandwiches.

    “I’ve got my life back; this is a fresh innings.... Earlier, I’d only pray in temples; now it has become a daily ritual... thanks to my Guruji, who has given me some prayers to recite, and my mother (Shabnam)....

    “It’s not that I pray for very long, about

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  • 'One captain can't deliver in all formats'

    The spin wizard and former India captain speaks about leadership

    Bedi (2010 file photo)

    Calcutta: The candid and colourful Bishan Singh Bedi, a former India captain, spoke to The Telegraph exclusively on captaincy.

    In fact, Bedi was the India captain during the first revival series featuring Pakistan, in 1978-79, when Kapil Dev made his debut.

    Bedi, now 65, is the J&K coach. He doesn’t quite like the designation, though, and prefers to be called “cricketing mentor.”

    In Kolkata on a brief visit, Bedi will be the chief guest at the Cricket Association of Bengal’s annual awards function on Sunday. Today’s generation has much to learn from him.

    The following are excerpts:

    What are the qualities you look for in a captain?

    In the Indian context, a captain must be above parochial considerations... A captain should always put the team first, not place himself in the forefront. After all, it’s the team which matters the most. A captain must be able to create the right atmosphere for a happy dressing room... Most important, a captain should always be positive... He must go for a win,

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  • 'Captaincy is not a big deal'



    Chennai, July 17 -- From being a brash kid brought up in the heart of the national capital to have emerged as the future India captain, Virat Kohli has seen a lot during his four years of international cricket.

    And if you are wondering whether Virat the person is as mature as Virat the batsman, then you will get your answer in his freewheeling chat with HT during the team's preparatory camp ahead of the tour to Sri Lanka. Excerpts:

    While the Indian team has failed to live up to expectations over the last 12 months, it's kind of ironic that you have exceeded your expectations, isn't it?

    Well, I have tried to motivate myself all the time. No matter how things are going, it's very important to keep motivating yourself, and try to get better every day. That's what I have tried to do in the last 12 months and I am really glad it has paid off, I am really pleased with the way I could help the team in difficult situations. That gives you the most satisfaction. Hopefully, I can continue to do

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