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Bhopal's Very Own Yuvraj: Cricketer Trumps Cancer to Return to the Pitch

News18 India | Updated: February 6, 2017, 5:36 PM IST
Bhopal's Very Own Yuvraj: Cricketer Trumps Cancer to Return to the Pitch

Bhopal:Swashbuckling Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh is known for his fighting character in every walk of life.

While on the pitch, the southpaw was instrumental in India’s 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup victories, off the pitch he became an inspiration for millions around the globe as he beat a life-threatening disease to return to the sport he loved the most.

Similar to Yuvraj’s journey, a budding all-rounder from Bhopal has beaten cancer to make a comeback to cricket and is on his way again to realise his dream to play for the national team.

Bhopal’s Siddhant Bhatele fell ill following a practice session at the city’s much-famed Ankur Cricket Academy. When he failed to recover, he was taken to the hospital where he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Node Cancer.

It was a massive task for Siddhant to overcome his illness as he belonged to a middle class family and it was not possible for them to spend money for his costly treatment.

But Siddhan’t grandmother didn’t lose hope and went from door to door to procure the necessary funds from the administrators for his chemotherapy.

Siddhant waged war with cancer for two years and not only did he beat the disease, but also made a comeback to the cricket field.

((Story Filed By News18 India's Manoj Khandekar))

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First Published: February 6, 2017, 5:28 PM IST

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