New Delhi: Almost everyone in this world feel that 'red is the colour of love' but if you are a certain Yuvraj Singh, then you have more reasons to believe that even 'shades of grey' can have a soothing feeling than colour red.
Even a year back, Yuvraj would have told you that he loved everything red but not anymore for the man who has successfully battled against a rare germ cell cancer.
" Red used to be my favourite colour but I have seen so much of blood that now I hate red. The colour irritates me," Yuvraj said during an interaction with mediapersons at his cricket academy in Pathways School, Gurgaon recently.
As Lance Armstrong would tell you that "It's Not About the Bike", Yuvraj now realizes that it's certainly not about 'the bat' anymore.
"My approach towards the game has been changed. Of course, it will be the biggest achievement for me whenever I will play my first game for the country (after recovering)."
He recalled the hard days during treatment and how it felt being back to normal life.
"I struggled to breath earlier. Now I am breathing with both lungs. I can eat samosa. I could smell food during chemo but could not eat it. I am relieved to be able to live like a normal man now," the 30-year-old said in a pragmatic tone.
After initial realization that he has been affected by a dreadful disease, the stylish left-hander did feel that he may not be able to play again.
"I was in bed for 4-6 months and only I can feel what it means to be back on the field. Even I did not imagine that I will be able to play again but my progress has been good. I can't describe in words, how it felt when I had my first knocking session."
For the past couple of weeks, Yuvraj has time and again expressed his desire to be part of India's World T20 team but he doesn't want to rush things.
"I am not worried. Obviously, I want to play but I can't keep thinking about it," he added.
The left-handed batsman admitted that initial phase of training was "really painful."
"For the first two weeks, every muscle in my body was paining. The body used to be bit shaky but I'm 50-55 per cent there. Rest, I will attain in two month.
"I am hitting the ball well. The hand-eye co-ordination is better although the feet movement is slow. The best part is that I don't get tired now. Hopefully, I will be able to make a comeback in T20 World Cup," Yuvraj, who is working out for six hours a day, said.