Mumbai: Though there are numerous reasons for India's whitewash in the four-match Test series against England recently, the over-dependence on pace spearhead Zaheer Khan - forced to miss three Tests due to injury - tops the list.
The left-armer looked all set to conquer the English batsmen in their own den after getting a brilliant start in the first Test at Lord's where he dismissed skipper Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook in the very first session play in overcast conditions. However, a hamstring injury soon after, stole the fizz thereafter.
"India lost the England series because Zaheer missed the remainder of the Tests," former India pacer Manoj Prabhakar said, before continuing: "But you cannot afford to rely on one bowler all the time. Zaheer has been winning matches for India on his own for some time now, but he needs support," added Prabhakar, who played 39 Tests for India and has 96 wickets to his name.