New Delhi-Cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh smashed 208 on his return to first-class cricket to stake a claim on Monday in Indian team for next month's Test series against England.
The left-hander hit 33 fours and 3 sixes for North Zone before being dismissed on the 2nd day of the 4-day Duleep Trophy semi-final against middle Zone in Hyderabad.
Yuvraj, 30, who was judged man of the match in India's 50-over World Cup triumph, last year, was treat for a rare germ-cell cancer between his lungs in the United States earlier this year. He return after energy-sapping chemotherapy treatment in April and by August had been fast-tracked into the Indian team for the recent World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.Yuvraj ended the tournament with 66 runs in 4 innings and claimed 8 wickets in 5 matches, the 2nd highest among Indian bowlers after seamier Lakshmipathy Balaji's 9 wickets.
India, the 2007 champions, won 4 of their 5 matches but failed to reach the semi-finals of the event finally won by the West Indies. Yuvraj Singh double-century is sure to put him in line for a recall when the 4-Test series against England starts in Ahmadabad on November 15.
He has not played Test cricket since November last year when he turned out for 2 matches against the touring West Indies. Yuvraj has played 37 Tests since his international debut in 2000, scoring 1,775 runs at an average of 34.80 with 3 centuries. He has also claimed 9 Test wickets with his left-arm spin Bowler.