India will badly miss the services of pacer Zaheer Khan in the One-Day series against Australia starting here on Sunday, but the hosts still have a potent bowling attack that cannot be underestimated, according to visiting team vice captain Michel Hussey.
Zaheer has not been included in the Indian squad for the first two ODIs as he is recuperating from a surgery after injuring his shoulder during the second Indian Premier League in South Africa earlier this year.
“The last time we were here (for the Test series) Zaheer Khan was a crucial bowler for the Indians and his absence will be a big loss to their attack,” Hussey said on the eve of the opening encounter of the series.
“Ishant Sharma still looks a wonderful bowler to me; he is always a difficult customer. I have not faced the other quickies much while we were here but they have a very good bowling attack and it will be wrong to underestimate them,” he said.
“They have fine some bowlers who bowl well in Indian conditions,” he pointed out.
Even though Hussey praised the Indian spin attack, he hoped the Aussies would be able to put pressure on the hosts’ to come out triumphant in the series.