Chennai: It had turned out to be an anti-climax in Visakhapatnam when 'Rain Gods' delayed Yuvraj Singh's comeback but the Chennai crowd were happy to witness him straight into action as he bowled couple of overs in the second T20 against New Zealand.
Just like in Visakhapatnam, where the fans were present in large number in what was supposed to be an emotional welcome for their hero who has survived rare germ-cell cancer, it wasn't any different here with fans carrying giant posters and placards wishing luck for the talented cricketer.
Wearing his favourite No 12 jersey, Yuvraj was stationed at square leg position but wasn't really active as he did not have to field any of the balls during the first Powerplay.
However a huge roar went up as the giant screen showed 'Welcome Back Yuvi' with their hero slowly trudging towards his four-step bowling mark.
A quick word from Dhoni and Yuvraj was in thick of things as he walked upto his mark.
A comeback match has its own kind of pressure but when the hype is altogether in different proportions, one needs to feel for the man. The left-arm spinner started with a gentle flighted delivery which was hit over extra cover by Kane Williamson for a single. Four runs from his first over and Yuvraj must have felt comfortable.
In his second over, Yuvraj found out that on-field Brendon McCullum is the last person who would act as a sympathizer. The second delivery was hit over sight screens and he gave away 10 runs.
The fifth delivery could have been techinically termed as a sharp caught bowled chance but if one looks at it positively, he had saved a boundary and won applause from his skipper. But the powerful hit must have taken his toll as he left the field for some medical attention with Harbhajan Singh substituting for him.
The Indian team today showed their solidarity for Yuvraj as they wore a 'YouWeCan' badge -- a foundation started by the cricketer to help cancer patients.
Yuvraj's desperation was evident as he had written this morning on his twitter page, "Getting very restless! Just few more hours to go hope it doesn't rain in the evening!."
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.