Daugh­ter is pri­or­ity, cricket can wait

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sa­marth Goyal sa­marth.goyal@htlive.com

Crick­eter Harb­ha­jan Singh might’ve been miss­ing on the field for a year now, but only so that he doesn’t miss out on seven-month-old daugh­ter Hi­naya Heer Plaha’s grow­ing up years.

“This had to hap­pen. She will al­ways be [my] pri­or­ity now,” says Bha­jji. He and wife, ac­tor Geeta Basra, wel­comed the baby in July last year. “My daugh­ter is grow­ing up and I want to live every mo­ment of it. I haven’t played cricket in the last 8-9 months, but I can still get back to it. I can’t not be there for my daugh­ter when she is grow­ing up. That won’t come back,” adds the 36-year-old.

The crick­eter in­sists that this is how he wanted things to be. “I’ve been play­ing cricket for al­most 18-19 years now. This (mar­riage and fa­ther­hood) is hap­pen­ing to me for the first time. Now, it’s all about fam­ily. What­ever I’ve achieved so far in life and in the fu­ture is for them. My fam­ily is my world,” he says.

Harb­ha­jan was last part of the In­dian cricket team in March 2016. He says the game might have taken a back­seat, but his skill has not. Lead­ing Pun­jab in the on­go­ing Vi­jay Hazare tro­phy, and pre­pared for his up­com­ing IPL stint, Bha­jji is con­fi­dent of good times, pro­fes­sion­ally as well. “I know I can still give the In­dian team a lot. I’m try­ing my best that I give the best per­for­mances. That’s why I’m still com­pet­ing, and hop­ing to make a re­turn in the [In­dian] team one day,” he adds.

PHOTO:IN­STA­GRAM/ GEETABASRA

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