Yuvi returns in blaze of flashlights - and good wishes

The doors stayed closed as the anticipation mounted. In what was the equivalent of curtains rising on a grand theatrical performance, camera crews waited expectantly - and patiently - at the airport here Monday for ace cricketer Yuvraj Singh to walk out after three months of battling cancer in the US.

Thousands of television viewers also watched as channels went live with the homecoming of the 30-year-old cricket hero who survived rare germ cell cancer after undergoing treatment at the Boston Institute of Cancer Research.

Long before the Jet Airways flight from London landed here 9.45 a.m., there was a huge media presence at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Yuvraj had been resting in London for a while after the treatment.

Dressed in a black T-Shirt, glares and a red baseball cap, he returned home in a blaze of flashlights. TV channels' OB vans were lined outside Terminal 3 of the airport while scores of cameramen jostled with photographers to get the best view for their shots.

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