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Bowling sans Ishant won’t lack bite: Ganguly

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly does not think Indian bowling would lack any bite in absence of seniormost speedster Ishant Sharma who has been ruled out of the World Cup because of a knee injury. “One player’s absence won’t make much of a difference. The rest will also have to bowl well,” said the cricketer-turned-commentator said here before flying to Australia for the ICC World Cup commencing Saturday. Ishant apparently sustained the injury during the Boxing Day Test and went on to miss the final Test of the five-match series that India lost 0-2.

The bowling department has come in for a lot of flak in the difficult build up to the World Cup and Indian ace seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also appears to be carrying some niggle in his ankle. Citing example of Aussie skipper Michael Clarke, the 41-year-old cricketer said unlike a batsman it’s difficult for a bowler to come back in shape quickly.

“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,” said Ganguly. On batting, Ganguly said, “They will do well, let the tournament begin,” said the former left-handed batsman. On the quandary over Virat Kohli’s batting position, Ganguly said: “Team management will decide that.”
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