CHENNAI: The MA Chidambaram Stadium erupted in frenzy Tuesday night as the poster boy of Indian cricket Yuvraj Singh stepped on to the field after overcoming his battle against cancer.
The second of the two Twenty20 international against New Zealand was Yuvraj's first international match since his last appearance in a Test match against West Indies in Kolkata in November 2011.
What followed was grim battle with a rare germ cell cancer and months of treatment in Boston, US.
With cancer now a thing of past, Yuvraj, who was overweight after treatment, Tuesday looked fit but a shadow of his past.
Just hours before the match, Yuvraj said he is getting restless before stepping on to the field.
"Getting very restless! Just few more hours to go hope it doesn't rain in the evening!," tweeted Yuvraj from his account.
The loudest cheer was however reserved when Yuvraj came out to bat at fall of Suresh Raina's wicket. There was a determined look on his face as he strode confidently towards the crease with the Chepauk crowd giving him a standing ovation.
After defending the first delivery, he tapped one behind square to get off the mark which eased his nerves. With Virat Kohli in blazing form, it helped Yuvraj get into the groove.
After a couple with a steer past point, he got a thickish edge past first slip that raced to the boundary.
The smile on the face of his mother Shabnam Singh said it all. To find her son get back to where he belongs is the greatest satisfaction for a mother and it was writ large on Yuvraj's mother's face.
Immediately after India completed 100, Yuvraj mistimed a pull-shot off Adam Milne but the skier was dropped due to a confusion between Kyle Mills and Brendon McCullum.