IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh happy to return to action after sickness

The off-spinner took two crucial wickets to aid in Chennai Super Kings’ six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Harbhajan Singh celebrates after dismissing Jonny Bairstow, the Sunrisers Hyderabad opener.   -  AP

Harbhajan Singh, the Chennai Super Kings off-spinner, is glad to be back in action after having been afflicted with health issues.

Harbhajan picked up two wickets — dismissing David Warner and Jonny Bairstow — to aid in Chennai Super Kings’ six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday night.

“It’s always nice to go out there in the middle, unfortunately I missed a few games due to sickness. My whole family was sick, in fact. [It’s] nice to be back, and really happy with the result as well,” Harbhajan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

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Shane Watson played a blazing knock of 96 to steer Super Kings to victory. Commenting on Watson’s innings, Harbhajan said, “We would have liked to finish the game in the 19th over itself, but the boys were just testing our hearts. Somehow we have the tendency to take it to the last over. As long as we’re getting the result, we’re fine. It’s nice to see Shane Watson getting those runs under his belt. He’s a serious player; last year, he won us the final single-handedly, and this innings will boost his confidence.”

It will be difficult for other teams to beat Super Kings in Chennai, Harbhajan stated. “We always play well in Chennai, we know our conditions, and thanks to this beautiful crowd who come here to Chennai Super Kings. When teams come here, they have to play much better cricket than us to beat us,” Harbhajan said.