Colombo: The absence of pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth will be a big setback for the team, according to Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who reckons it will provide an opportunity for young pacers to prove their worth in the Test series against Sri Lanka.
Zaheer has been ruled out of the series due to a shoulder injury while Sreesanth has sprained a ligament of his left knee and will be replaced by Munaf Patel in the squad.
“It has happened with us in the past. In the past also we have lost our main bowlers just before an imporatnt series. We will definitely miss Zaheer and Sreesanth during the series,” Dhoni told reporters here.
He, however, felt that the situation was an ideal opportunity for non-regular bowlers of the team to prove their worth.