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You’ve to believe you can fight it: Cancer survivor Arun Lal on COVID-19

Notably, Lal was detected with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare type of salivary glands cancer, but he managed to overcome the disease.

SNS | New Delhi |

Former India batsman Arun Lal, who himself has successfully fought life-threatening cancer four years ago, has a fair bit of experience of how to win a dreaded disease. The Bengal coach now feels that both immunity, as well as optimism, will be the key in India’s fight against coronavirus.

Notably, Lal was detected with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare type of salivary glands cancer, but he managed to overcome the disease.

“It’s a disease after all. You have to believe that you can fight it. You have no other choice. You have to be prepared for the worst. Hope for the best,” Lal, under whom Bengal made their first Ranji final after 13 years this season, said as quoted by PTI.

“You have to keep your immunity level high. You have to fight it. You have to stay positive, and believe in yourself. Eat well, sleep well, keep your immunity level high.” Lal added.

“You have to prevent it not only for yourself but for everybody else around you. That’s what I’m doing, I’m staying isolated. Looking after the elderly in the house,” he said.

“Nobody knows very much about it yet. You have to be very very clear that you have to stay isolated. You have to wash your hands, wear a mask. You’ve to be careful,” he added.

“Gardening, cooking, cleaning. Then I’ve to look after my mother and wife, both are sort of semi bed-ridden. No help is also coming. Only one person I have,” he said.

“I sometime make the sweet dishes, or maybe the odd gobhi-aloo, bhindi or karela. I also love to cook meat. I make lovely meat. 24 hours is less for me. We are managing somehow.”

“Now everybody is training on their own. We have laid out plans for the fast bowling unit. They are given whole plan on what to do everyday and what training, and how to do. We want to be fitter than last year.”

“They don’t have grounds so they can only train on the roofs of their buildings, inside home, or in the drive-in and things like that. We hope to get together from July 1. But you never know. Future is very uncertain,” he said.

“So far we are only working with the bowling unit. Not the batsmen yet. It’s been our major deficiency area. We will work very hard on them from next week,” he concluded.