Harbhajan targeting Champions Trophy comeback

Sport360 staff 15:57 18/01/2017
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Harbhajan last played an ODI in October 2015.

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh may not have represented the Indian team in ODIs in over a year, but it doesn’t mean he is giving up hope of a return to the national team.

The 36-year-old is looking at the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Indian Premier League (IPL) as tournaments to impress the Indian selectors with.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Harbhajan mentioned that he is targeting the ICC Champions Trophy in June for his comeback to international cricket.

“I am focused on making a comeback to the India team. I haven’t given up and want to do well in whatever chances I get in the coming three-four months. I am targeting the Champions Trophy,” said Harbhajan.

“‘Til then, I need to perform consistently and to my potential. I will be working hard to achieve this target for Punjab and then in the IPL.”

Harbhajan wants to follow the lead of fellow Punjab cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who recently made a return to the ODI team after a gap of over three years.

The off-spinner hailed Yuvraj’s fighting spirit and mentioned that such a story is inspiring for others.

“Yuvi is a fighter who never gives up easily. To make a comeback, he had to score a lot many runs. He did that, scoring so many runs in Ranji Trophy, including a couple of big knocks,” added Harbhajan.

“His comeback is inspiring for others too. He has been India’s finest finisher and, knowing his potential, I am sure he will do well against England.”

Harbhajan has played 236 ODIs for India, picking up 269 wickets. He starred for the Men in Blue when they lifted the World Cup on home soil in 2011.

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