Sourav Ganguly feels India will definitely miss Jasprit Bumrah during the three-match ODI series against Australia. The former captain also believes that the Virat Kohli led side will have a weaker overall line-up on disposal without their fast bowling spearhead.
Bumrah, who picked 21 wickets and bowled 157.1 overs in four-match Test series that just went by, has been rested from the limited overs leg of India's Trans-Tasman tour. Which leaves them, despite this prudent move, quite vulnerable in the bowling department.
"Without Bumrah the bowling does become weak. Bumrah had a different effect in the Test series. Shami is there, who I feel is a good bowler...this is, however, a new bowling attack in ODIs," Ganguly told India Today, "Khaleel [Ahmed] is not that experienced. The bowler from Hyderabad [Mohammed Siraj] has been given a chance. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is there...so the attack is little weak."
"Also Bhuvneshwar Kumar will be playing ODI or any form of cricket after a while because he didn't get to play the four-Test series. So, he will be a little rusty, to begin with. So, this could be an area of concern for India in Australia on good tracks."
The 46-year-old also reckons that the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will play a crucial role for the visitors in the middle overs.
"Sydney is a flat track, so there will be pressure. [Ravindra] Jadeja is there as a spinner. Kuldeep and Chahal are there, so the spin attack is good and like England, we said that they will only win the series if they play the spinners well. In Nottingham, Kuldeep took five wickets and India won the game but after that, they played him differently," Ganguly further said.
"So, the way the will play Kuldeep and Chahal will decide who takes the match. So, I believe the fast bowling department is a little inexperienced and weak and the Bumrah effect is not there that creates a lot of difference."