Injured Dhoni Out Of Asia Cup

MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik
MS Dhoni (left) will miss the Asia Cup due to injury and Dinesh Karthik (right) replaces him in the squad
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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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25th February: Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 296-6 (Thirimanne 102) beat
Pakistan 284 (Malinga 5-52) by 12 runs
26th February: Bangladesh v India
India 280-4 (Kohli 136, Rahane 73) beat
Bangladesh 279-7 (M Rahim 113) by 6 wickets
27th February: Afghanistan v Pakistan
Pakistan 248-8 (Umar Akmal 102no) beat
Afghanistan 176 (M Hafeez 3-29) by 72 runs
28th February: India v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 265-8 (Sangakkara 103) beat
India 264-9 (Dhawan 94) by 2 wickets
1st March: Bangladesh v Afghanistan
Afghanistan 254-6 (Asghar Stanikzai 90no) beat
Bangladesh 222 (Mominul Haque 50) by 32 runs
2nd March: India v Pakistan
Pakistan 249-9 (Mohammad Hafeez 75) beat
India 245-8 (Sharma 56) by one wicket
3rd March: Afghanistan v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 253-6 (Sangakkara 76) beat
Afghanistan 124 (Mendis 3-11) by 129 runs
4th March: Bangladesh v Pakistan
Pakistan 329-7 (Ahmed Shehzad 103) beat
Bangladesh 326-3 by three wickets
5th March: Afghanistan v India
India 160-2 (Dhawan 60, Rahane 56) beat
Afghanistan 159 (Jadeja 4-30) by 8 wickets
6th March: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 208-7 (Mathews 74no) beat
Bangladesh 204-9 (Priyanjan 2-11) by 3 wickets
8th March: FINAL - Pakistan v Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 261-5 (Thirimanne 101) beat
Pakistan 260-5 (Malinga 5-56) by 5 wickets