Injured MS Dhoni ruled out of Asia Cup; Kohli to lead


Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was today ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup cricket tournament due to a side-strain injury that he suffered during the second Test in New Zealand. In Dhoni's absence, Virat Kohli will lead the side. Dinesh Karthik will take Dhoni's place in the squad. "

The Indian team returned early Thursday from the tour where New Zealand won the one-dayers 4-0 and also clinched the two-Test series 1-0.

As reported earlier, the 15-member squad includes Cheteshwar Pujara, who has played just two ODIs for India. He replaced Suresh Raina, who was omitted along with pacer Ishant Sharma.

Team India opens its campaign in the tournament against hosts Bangladesh in their first Asia Cup match in Fatullah on February 26.

Defending champions Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan are the other teams in the tournament, the symbol of one-day supremacy in the region.

Dhoni, who captains India in all three formats of the game, is expected to be fit for the World Twenty20 which will also be played in Bangladesh from March 16.

India's squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Stuart Binny, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey.

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