Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh is hopeful that he can make “meaningful contribution” in India’s Champions Trophy title defence during the June 1-18 marquee event in England.

“I am delighted to be returning to the India side for the 50-over ICC tournament and look forward to making a meaningful contribution as the side aims to defend its title,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying in an ICC statement.

“Like any other ICC tournament, it will be a challenging event with each team arriving there believing it can lift the silverware on 18 June at The Oval.”

India are clubbed with Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka in one of the two groups.

“We are in a tough group, but at the same time we are a form side following a highly successful domestic season. We will target to carry forward the winning momentum into the ICC Champions Trophy so that we can become the second side after Australia to win back to back titles,” said Yuvraj.

Yuvraj said with plenty of NRIs settled in the UK, India have always felt at home while playing there.

“The United Kingdom is an excellent location to host the ICC Champions Trophy. We have always felt at home away from home due to the overwhelming support we always receive there,” he added.

(With inputs from PTI)