Injured Dhoni Out Of Asia Cup
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ruled out of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh due to a side strain and will be replaced in the squad by Dinesh Karthik.
Karthik, who has played 67 One-Day Internationals and was part of India's Champions Trophy-winning squad last year, will take over the gloves and Virat Kohli will lead the side in Dhoni's absence.
Although Karthik showed strong form in India's warm-up matches before the Champions Trophy, he did not play in the tournament, with his last ODI coming against Zimbabwe in August.
Kohli led India during that tour and enjoyed a superb run of form in the 2012 Asia Cup, when he scored 357 runs including two centuries and a half-century in the three matches India played.
All eight matches that Kohli has captained India came in 2013, first during the ODI tri-series in the West Indies where he led in matches against Sri Lanka and the West Indies and then in the five-game series in Zimbabwe.
The Indian board (BCCI) confirmed Dhoni's absence with the following statement:
"M.S. Dhoni has been ruled out of the forthcoming Asia Cup, to be played in Bangladesh, in February-March 2014.
"He sustained a Grade I left side-strain injury during the course of the second Test against New Zealand. He will be undergoing rehabilitation for ten days.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked Dinesh Kartik as his replacement in the Indian squad for the tournament.
"Virat Kohli will lead India in the competition."
A 10-day rest for Dhoni would give him enough time to return to full fitness ahead of the ICC World Twenty20, also in Bangladesh.
India begin their bid to regain the title they won in 2007 when they play Pakistan - who they beat in the final - on 21st March.
India Asia Cup squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Stuart Binny, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Ishwar Pandey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma
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