Cancer is one of mankind’s worst enemies. There is still no guaranteed cure for this menacing disease even after centuries of medical research and practice.
Cricket history has had quite a few stars hit by cancer. Today, we will recall how bravely 5 cricketers fought the deadliest disease on this planet, cancer.
1. Yuvraj Singh (India)
India’s World Cup hero, Yuvraj Singh suffered the most difficult time of his life when he was diagnosed with lung cancer in the year 2012. The veteran allrounder was world famous for his heroics in the World Cup 2011. Battling through lung issues, Yuvi was awarded player of the series which eventually led to his team lifting their 2nd ODI World Cup.
Yuvraj had a tumor in the lungs but fortunately, it was in the primary stage. After diagnoses, Yuvraj Singh went to the USA for his extensive treatment of chemotherapy and later made a stunning comeback in international cricket after getting cancer-free.
2. Michael Clarke (Australia)
Australia’s batting legend Michael Clarke was in the form of his life during the year 2006, when out of nowhere two dark patches showed up on his face. He was later diagnosed with ‘Melanoma’ or skin cancer.
For treatment, Michael Clarke took a long hiatus from cricket. However, he, later on, made a stunning comeback, going on to lead the Australian cricket team to a record 5th World Cup victory in 2015.
3. Matthew Wade (Australia)
Matthew Wade, the Australian wicketkeeper-batsman was only 16 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Wade was smashed on the groin when he was playing football at state level. Luckily, he sensed something wasn’t right and reached out to the doctor. Later, he was diagnosed with the cancer.
After two years of treatment, Matthew Wade took to cricket as his professional career and is now a regular in Australia’s test scene.
4. Geoffrey Boycott (England)
Geoffrey is regarded as the ‘father figure’ in English cricket. It was in the year 2002 when he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 62. It happened due to a lump in his neck and he went on to start his ‘A Feng Shui’ during his extensive radiation treatment.
5. Robin Jackman (England)
Former English cricketer Robin Jackman has been a broadcaster for many years now. He was diagnosed with cancer in his vocal cords. After going through 7 weeks of radiotherapy in the UK, he made a comeback to cricket broadcasting in 2012.