Zaheer Khan’s injury means that the Indian cricket team will have to dig deep to fight back and draw level in the four-match Test series against England. The left-armer’s failure to recover from a hamstring and ankle injury has left the Indian team woefully short of an experienced seamer.
But all is not lost according to former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who believes that the visitors can still fight back and draw the Test series which they currently trail by two matches.
"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.
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.