Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has opined that Indian bowling attack would not lack any bite in absence of the senior most speedster Ishant Sharma. It is pertinent to highlight that Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the cricket World Cup due to a knee injury.

Before leaving for Australia to undertake the role of a commentator in the world Cup, Ganguly said – 

“One player’s absence won’t make much of a difference. The rest will also have to bowl well”.

Ishant encountered the knee injury during the five-match series that India lost 0-2 and apart from his absence, what becomes the matter of anxiety for team India is the injured ankle of India’s lead seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Ganguly, pointing towards the quick recovery of Australia’s Michael Clarke, said, “I don’t think Ishant hid his injury. When a player gets injured, you give him time to recover. Michael Clarke has recovered. He (Clarke) could recover because he’s a batsman. He might not have, if he was a bowler. There’s a difference between a batsman and bowler,”

Recently, inconsistency in the Indian batting has became apparent in the tri-series with Australia and England defeating India and another defeat by Australians in the practice match has also highlighted that this strong arena of India still needs to be streamlined.

But Ganguly hopes that everything will fall in place for India who began their title defence taking on Pakistan in a spicy, high-voltage clash. He said “They will do well, let the tournament begin”.

Ganguly has also suggested a simple solution over the issue of batting position of Virat Kohli. He said, “Team management will decide that but they should ensure that Virat gets to play at least 40 overs.”

Ruling out the notion that the Indian team was less experienced than the Indian winning combination of 2011, he added, “New players come and the seniors (eventually) go away… This is the rule of sport. But still the team has a lot of experience in Dhoni, Virat with more than 400 matches between them. Rohit Sharma has played 120-odd matches. When I first played the World Cup in 1999, I hardly played about 60-70 matches. No doubt, there’s experience in the side. You cannot have all the players with 300 matches, then you’ve to keep playing for 13-14 years”.


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