The cricketer-turned-commentator confirmed he was on the recovery path after surgery.
Known to have taken on fast bowlers with rare courage, former India opener Arun Lal is engaged in a battle with jaw cancer well away from the spotlight. The cricketer-turned-commentator confirmed he was on the recovery path after surgery.
“It’s a rare and dangerous cancer. The symptoms were detected in time (in January) before I went through a rigorous treatment process. Thank God, I have been able to hold my place,” he said in a tone that reflected his grit.
The treatment involved a 14-hour surgery and replacement of the jaw. The ailment had kept Lal away from the broadcasters’ studios but there was no mention anywhere of why.
Among the callers was Yuvraj Singh, who had waged a successful fight of his own against cancer after having contributed to India’s 2011 World Cup triumph. For Yuvraj, it is an essential part of life now to reach out to cancer patients and inspire them to conquer the disease.
Yuvraj had said, “When I got cancer, I asked god why me. But then, when I got Man of the Tournament prize, I didn’t say why me. So these things are part of life and you have to take them in your stride.”
Lal’s Test best was a 93 against the West Indies in 1987, in then Calcutta. His career ended in 1989 with a Test in Kingston. Fellow-commentator Navjot Singh Sidhu said: “I am looking forward to a stint with him.”