Chandigarh hopes for Yuvraj’s happy homecoming

It has been a busy couple of days for Yuvraj Singh ever since he landed in Chandigarh for India's fourth ODI game against England. This is not just another match for Yuvraj. It is an emotional homecoming of sorts. After a tumultous 2012 — one which saw him beating cancer and wresting back his place in the Indian team, Yuvraj will be playing his first match at the PCA Stadium, a venue he literally grew up playing cricket in.

After practising with the team, Yuvraj took time out to meet his father Yograj Singh, and his maternal grandparents as well. He has also been spending time at his Mani Majra home with mother Shabnam Singh and friends. And while he did miss the practice on Tuesday due to sore throat, no one is complaining.

"Yuvraj is a real hero," the PCA Joint Secretary GS Walia told The Indian Express on Tuesday, "He won us the World Cup with his talent. The way he dealt and fought with the disease is phenomenal. When he was required in the Punjab and North Zone teams at the domestic front he was always there," he says.

Expectations at home

And while Yuvraj would be eager to play on his home ground, fans will be equally keen to see the city's favourite son after a prolonged absence. "We at PCA are hoping to see Yuvi magic in batting and bowling. He has tremendous fan following in the region. He was not there in the last IPL and people missed him," says Walia.

With immense crowd support a given, teammate Virat Kohli is backing Yuvraj to make a mark. "It is always nice to play in front of your home crowd. MS Dhoni got a great reception in Ranchi and I am sure Yuvraj will also get the same greetings tomorrow. I hope he does well," he said.

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