Calcutta: Yuvraj Singh is hero to many… Not just for his cricket skills, but also for the way he overcame cancer and returned to active life.
But for the dashing cricketer, Lance Armstrong is the real hero.
Armstrong's fall from grace is not unknown to him, but Yuvraj still thinks that the former cyclist is a champion.
"I've read everything that has come out on him… But I had sent him a message saying that he would always be my hero no matter what the world says.
"Coming back from cancer and achieving so much makes him a great… What an idol he has been… You see superheroes in fiction, but here's a man who's a real life hero," Yuvraj said, on the sidelines of an cancer-detection initiative by his foundation, YouWeCan.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and lost most of his sponsors after the US Anti-Doping Agency said he had been at the front of a systematic doping program.
Yuvraj, meanwhile, reiterated his views on Sachin Tendulkar as he had told The Telegraph, after the Ahmedabad T20 against Pakistan.
He had said he would be missing Sachin from the dressing room during the ODIs and he repeated that once again on Wednesday, adding that he has always "looked up to him as an elder brother."
Asked to describe the year 2011, when India lifted the ODI World Cup and then he was diagnosed with cancer, he said: "2011 was a crucial year for Indian cricket as we won the World Cup. But it was an unpredictable year...
"On one hand, there was the joy of winning the World Cup and on the other hand, I was diagnosed with cancer. It was difficult to come out of that phase... I am proud that I've done it."