Irrfan Khan talks about how cricket helped him enjoy life during his ongoing battle with cancer

Actor Irrfan Khan was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumor in 2018.

Actor Irrfan Khan spotted during the England v Pakistan Test at Lord's| Twitter

Acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan is a known name in both Indian film industry and overseas as well. He has featured in Academy Award-nominated movies like Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire; and in Bollywood epics like Pan Singh Tomar, Maqbool, the Lunchbox, Piku and many more.

In 2018, he was diagnosed with the neuroendocrine tumor and has seen been overseas for treatment. Recently he was in London for treatment and shared his experience in a column for the Times of India.

In the column, Irrfan also mentioned his experience of watching a game of cricket at the Mecca of Cricket, the Lord’s. Irrfan is a known follower of cricket and despite his illness and subsequent fight with cancer, he was seen enjoying a cricket match.

Irrfan writes, “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.

He further mentions, “I was left with this immense effect of the enormous power and intelligence of the cosmos. The peculiarity of MY hospital’s location – it HIT me. The only thing certain was the uncertainty. All I could do was to realize my strength and play my game better.

He writes about how he felt while watching cricket, "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."

Irrfan Khan was spotted watching the Test match between England and Pakistan recently.

Irrfan wrote, “This realization made me submit, surrender and trust, irrespective of the outcome, irrespective of where this takes me, eight months from now, or four months from now, or two years. The concerns took a back seat and started to fade and kind of went out of my mind space."


By Jatin Sharma - 19 Jun, 2018

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