Ganguly believes Bumrah's omission is a huge loss for the Indian Team
The Indian Team lost the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Australia by a margin of 34 runs in the three-match series. While chasing 289, India could only manage to reach 254/9 at the end of their 50 overs, and Rohit Sharma's superb knock of 133 runs in the second innings went in vain.
When the squad for this ODI series was announced, there was one major name that was missing from that list and it was of Jasprit Bumrah who had just come after performing brilliantly in the recently concluded Test series against Australia - he picked up 21 wickets and emerged as the best bowler of the entire series from both the sides.
India played with Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed in the first match where the latter two ended the game a bit on the expensive side. That was when Bumrah's absence from the match was felt. Although the team still have Mohammad Siraj warming the bench and can feature in the final XI whenever called for, it will be difficult for any bowler to lay impact as Bumrah does in the team.
Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly also felt the same as he expressed his thought on the same and said that Bumrah's omission from the Indian Team makes it a weak bowling unit as compared to what it is with him in it, and feels that it is a relatively newer bowling setup and lacks a bit of experience.
“Without Bumrah, the bowling does look weak. Bumrah had a different effect in the Test series which could be easily seen lacking here. Shami is there, who is I feel a good bowler…this is, however, a new bowling attack in this format of the game. Khaleel is not that experienced and the bowler from Hyderabad had been given a chance. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is there which makes this attack is lesser weak,” Ganguly told IndiaTV News.