Irrfan Khan reveals how cricket turned out to be his lifeline while battling cancer
Irrfan Khan, one of the nation’s brilliant actors, was identified with a neuroendocrine tumor.
Updated - Jun 19, 2018 6:50 pm
Technically, cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells anywhere in a body. Psychologically, it tries to rip apart the hopes of living, something with leaves the mental state in an utter mess. Doctors from across the globe are still trying their heart out to churn out a cure for the fatal disease. The patients screech through a painful process of chemotherapy, which isn’t something pleasant by any means.
Several prominent names of India have been diagnosed with cancer. The likes of Yuvraj Singh have come out trumps, battling the disease. Talking about cricket, it’s a game for someone, but a lifeline for many others for the emotions and fervor to stay connected to the sport. Irrfan Khan, one of the nation’s brilliant actors, was identified with a neuroendocrine tumor in 2018.
“I felt what ‘freedom’ truly means”- Irrfan
The veteran didn’t let the monstrous disease to dictate terms to him and rattle his nerves. Rather, he took the hurdles by the scruff of the necks and used cricket as a medium to counter the might of cancer. He was spotted watching the epic encounter match between England and Pakistan at the Lord’s Cricket Ground last month. Recently, Irrfan penned out how pain couldn’t deter him from watching cricket.
“As I was entering the hospital, drained, exhausted, listless, I hardly realized my hospital was on the opposite side of Lord’s, the stadium. The Mecca of my childhood dream. Amidst the pain, I saw a poster of a smiling Vivian Richards. Nothing happened, as if that world didn’t ever belong to me,” Irrfan wrote in his exclusive column for The Times of India (TOI).
“For the first time, I felt what ‘freedom’ truly means. It felt like an accomplishment. As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it. My confidence in the intelligence of the cosmos became absolute. I feel as if it has entered every cell of mine. Time will tell if it stays, but that is how I feel as of now,” the Bollywood actor mentioned while portraying how cricket has entertained him thus far.