"I have recovered nicely. I have been instruction for the last three weeks here at the National Cricket Academy. Really looking ahead to the limited-overs series in Australia," Yuvraj
He said "I am feeling good, both bodily and mentally. There are a couple of T20s before the triangular series starts. That will give me sufficient batting practice. Cant stay to get back on the cricket field,"
Yuvraj played with the illness all through the World Cup last year, unconscious of it. It was during the Indian Premier League that he realised that something was wrong after his circumstance got poorer. The medical tests exposed he had a golf ball-sized tumour in his left lung. However, he preferred to hide it from the public. It only came to light when he pulled out of the ODI series against England at home late last year.
"It was shocking for me and my family. specially, my mother who went through a really bad time. I was coughing all the time," he said. "Breathing was also not normal. I thought I would never play for India again. Later, it came into my head that forget about playing for India again, I might not live long."
But Yuvraj has now returned to full fitness and is rearing to go.
The 30-year-old, who has established himself in the limited-overs format, is yet to be a everlasting fixture in the Test team, leading to many surprised his Test identification. But Yuvraj is determined to prove his critics wrong.
"I have been in and out of the Test side for the last two years. I have already scored three Test tons, all against good bowling attacks," he said. " So I dont agree with people who question my Test credentials. Yes, I want to play a few more Tests because of all the three formats, its the most challengin."
Yuvraj also dismissed the statement that the youth in the Indian team dont care much about Test cricket. "Its wrong to say that. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have long been trying to stick their place in the Test team. Suresh Raina has also played a couple of Tests. Everyone ideals Test cricket," he said.
However, he confessed that the dazzle of the IPL has blinded many growing cricketers in the country.
"Yes, I agree that for the growing cricketers, the IPL has become more important, which is not good. Instead of the IPL, they should play in the domestic cricket and from there move onto Test cricket. IPL should not be their main concern," he said.
India will play two T20s against Australia on February 1 and 3. That will be followed by an ODI triangular series involving Sri Lanka. The Indian team for both T20Is and ODIs will be announced on January 15.
Yuvi also said he hopes India's fab-four would fire in the third Test in Perth starting Friday.
"If India has to do well guys like Viru (Virender Sehwag), Sachin (Tendulkar), Rahul (Dravid) and (VVS) Laxman all have to fire together, get good partnerships going and I am sure they will bounce back in the next Test match," he said.