Indian turbanator Harbhajan Singh reckons that defending champions India have all the abilities under their belt to retain the Champions Trophy in June.
In a column, Harbhajan wrote, “India is the defending champion, and I sincerely believe that we have the strength, ability, and stability to defend our crown. We just need to be at the top of our game. Let’s not forget that this tournament will feature the world’s eight top-ranked teams. So every team is going to fancy its chances. It will come down to the team that holds its nerve on the day. Yes, I believe this team can defend the title it won in 2013.”
Harbhajan is currently playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, believes that India team only need to adapt to the conditions in England. He wrote, “On a high after a successful home season, India will be keen on adapting quickly to the conditions in England. If we can touch base a few days before the start of the tournament, then it will help us acclimatize. The weather and pitch conditions in England are unique, and a few days of tune-up will only help.”
The ninth edition of the Champions Trophy will be commencing on June 1 and it will last until June 18 in England and Wales. Harbhajan asserted that this tournament is also important for the teams considering the fact that the 2019 World Cup will be held in similar conditions. He wrote, “This year, the ICC Champions Trophy assumes extra significance because the World Cup is just two years away, and will be played in the same conditions.”
Talking about the quality of the global event such as Champions Trophy, Harbhajan wrote, “Tournaments like these literally define the two, three or four years that you may have invested in the process of team building, defining clear-cut roles and formulating team strategies. You know you are competing with the best teams. And, the format of the tournament is such that you have to push your limits and play at the highest level. Needless to say, the number of global events you win define you as a team, or even as a cricketing nation. It becomes the yardstick of sustained excellence.”