Zaheer's exit big blow but India can draw series: Ganguly

Updated: 08 August 2011 10:56 IST

The ruling out of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan from the remaining two Tests against England due to injury is a huge blow but India can still bounce back and the draw the series, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly.

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The ruling out of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan from the remaining two Tests against England due to injury is a huge blow but India can still bounce back and the draw the series, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly.

Ganguly said he expects the other Indian bowlers to stand up and help India draw the four-match Test series 2-2.

"Of course, Zaheer ruling out is a huge blow. He will need surgery and will be out of action for a few months. But at the same time it's the big opportunity for the other players to make a mark in his absence," Ganguly said.

"Two Test matches are yet to be played and I expect India to bounce back and draw the series 2-2. It is a big challenge for the team which now will not have the services of Zaheer. But they still can do it," he said.

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Zaheer was on Sunday ruled out of remainder of the tour after failing to recover from a hamstring strain and an ankle injury. He will need at least 14-16 weeks to recover. He had walked off the pitch following a hamstring strain after bowling 13.3 overs on the opening day of the first cricket Test at Lord's on July 21.

England had taken a 2-0 lead in the series after winning at Lord's and Trent Bridge. The third (August 10-14) and fourth (August 18-22) Tests will be played at Edgbaston and the Oval.

The limited overs series starts on August 31 with the one off Twenty20 International match.

Topics : West Indies Australia England India Cricket Ravi Bopara Sourav Ganguly India in England, 2011
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