India news February 20, 2014

Dhoni out of Asia Cup with side strain

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Kalra: Much-needed rest for Dhoni

MS Dhoni has been ruled out of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh because of a side strain. Virat Kohli will lead India in Dhoni's absence and Dinesh Karthik slots in as the replacement wicketkeeper.

Dhoni suffered a grade-one strain to his left side during the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington and will undergo rehabilitation for ten days. The Indian squad landed in Mumbai today after failing to win a single game in New Zealand.

Kohli has led India in eight ODIs previously, when Dhoni was injured during a tri-series in the West Indies involving Sri Lanka and then rested from a tour of Zimbabwe in July and August 2013. India won seven of those matches. Karthik has not played for India since the tour of Zimbabwe last year either.

India's first game in the Asia Cup is against Bangladesh on February 26. The tournament ends on March 8, and the ICC World Twenty20 begins on March 21, also in Bangladesh.

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  • SOMNAN on February 25, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    A good decision for India to find a back up skipper for Dhoni. Kohli's capabilties are gonna be tested in this ASIA cup series with supporting subcontinental conditions. With upcoming ICC world T20, Dhoni might be in line with those team strategies. New zealand series was tough and he couldn't get the additional adreanline keep coming from the team. Those were different conditions and we got to look at the present and hope for the best. Rohit could be the other option to look at the present situation for he has got every capabilties to bring in the best for team India. All the best to Team INDIA.....

  • satishsasikumar on February 25, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    To win matches outside Indian subcontinent in Tests, you need bowlers of a separate caliber, skill, intelligence and experience. Unfortunately, India doesn't have these kind of bowlers in good numbers and have failed to nurture them. Moreover, these bowlers have to be trained to bowl with Kookaburra and Duke balls and also be exposed to conditions similar to Aus and SA. This could be one of the positive signs for India to win abroad in Tests. Sadly BCCI has failed to groom bowlers of this caliber. So replacing Dhoni as a captain of Test team wouldn't bring the desired results unless the captain of Indian team has bowlers who could take 20 opposition wickets. Period! Field placements all could be brought in when one has 2 good bowlers. Dhoni is intelligent to place them according to bowler's calibre and the opposition batsman. But when you have once in a blue moon wonders like Ishant Sharma, what else do you expect the captain to do in such conditions. A captain is as good as his team!

  • killbillgbu on February 24, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Yes, why not Sanju Samson as wicket keeper/batsman?

  • baji003 on February 24, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan -- Rohit Sharma -- Virat Kohli (c) -- Cheteshwar Pujara -- Dinesh Karthik (wk) -- Ajinkya Rahane -- Stuart Binny -- Ravindra Jadeja -- Ravichandran Ashwin -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar -- Mohammed Shami --

  • satchander on February 24, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    @wolf777: Yes, but arguably Karthick has better keeping skills than anybody else in India including Dhoni.

  • TheUltimateTruth on February 23, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    I don't get the criticism of Dhoni's captaincy. How can bowling incompetency be blamed on him? On the rare occasion when bowlers create chances, and the fielder is placed in the right and quite innovative placement (a la Kohli in the last test), they drop key catches. Vijay and Rohit dropped some important catches as well. How are any of these Dhoni's fault? The likes of U.Yadav and V.Aaron have been tried and found to be no better than the bowlers he actually used. In fact, in the NZ tests, the much maligned Ishant did better than the crowd-favorite, Shami. The truth is, given the pool Dhoni has, they are the best. And, Jadeja over Mishra is not surprising when the pitch doesn't assist spin and Jadeja being a better bat than Mishra.

  • on February 23, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Sanju samson should have been brought in, not karthik. Sanju is the future talent for India, so why not test him early since World Cup duties are over

  • Akshaypvsureshan on February 23, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Why selectors everytime ignore MANOJ TIWARI UMESH YADAV and not ready to select future players like SANJU SAMSON VIJAY SOL DEEPAK HOODA etc.

  • basusri133b on February 23, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    It is a bad move to select Dinesh Karthik. Surely,we have better wicket Keeper batsmen available. This is surely a biased selection. The selection of a Wicket Keeper should have been made with an eye to the future. Karthik definitely does not belong there. So, another wasted opportunity to blood a potential Keeper/Batsman at the International level. Stuart Binny & Ambatu Rayadu should be part of any playing eleven. Rohit Sharma should be dropped. He has been given numerous opportunities to prove himself, and we know what the results have been. What ever happened to the young Under 19 spinner Harmeet Singh ? Players like this should have been nurtured and developed. Unmukt Chand and Baba Aparjit are other players that come to mind. The BCCI has effectively stifled all discussion and comments from the selectors and our past eminent cricketers. This is a stake that has been driven through the heart of Indian Cricket.

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    its bad move to select Dinesh Karthik again,, hw many chances selectors want to give him,, its time to give chances to new TALENTS who performed very well in Ranji season,, KL Rahul OR CM GautAM SHOULD HAVE BEEN SELECTED.

  • SOMNAN on February 25, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    A good decision for India to find a back up skipper for Dhoni. Kohli's capabilties are gonna be tested in this ASIA cup series with supporting subcontinental conditions. With upcoming ICC world T20, Dhoni might be in line with those team strategies. New zealand series was tough and he couldn't get the additional adreanline keep coming from the team. Those were different conditions and we got to look at the present and hope for the best. Rohit could be the other option to look at the present situation for he has got every capabilties to bring in the best for team India. All the best to Team INDIA.....

  • satishsasikumar on February 25, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    To win matches outside Indian subcontinent in Tests, you need bowlers of a separate caliber, skill, intelligence and experience. Unfortunately, India doesn't have these kind of bowlers in good numbers and have failed to nurture them. Moreover, these bowlers have to be trained to bowl with Kookaburra and Duke balls and also be exposed to conditions similar to Aus and SA. This could be one of the positive signs for India to win abroad in Tests. Sadly BCCI has failed to groom bowlers of this caliber. So replacing Dhoni as a captain of Test team wouldn't bring the desired results unless the captain of Indian team has bowlers who could take 20 opposition wickets. Period! Field placements all could be brought in when one has 2 good bowlers. Dhoni is intelligent to place them according to bowler's calibre and the opposition batsman. But when you have once in a blue moon wonders like Ishant Sharma, what else do you expect the captain to do in such conditions. A captain is as good as his team!

  • killbillgbu on February 24, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Yes, why not Sanju Samson as wicket keeper/batsman?

  • baji003 on February 24, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan -- Rohit Sharma -- Virat Kohli (c) -- Cheteshwar Pujara -- Dinesh Karthik (wk) -- Ajinkya Rahane -- Stuart Binny -- Ravindra Jadeja -- Ravichandran Ashwin -- Bhuvneshwar Kumar -- Mohammed Shami --

  • satchander on February 24, 2014, 3:32 GMT

    @wolf777: Yes, but arguably Karthick has better keeping skills than anybody else in India including Dhoni.

  • TheUltimateTruth on February 23, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    I don't get the criticism of Dhoni's captaincy. How can bowling incompetency be blamed on him? On the rare occasion when bowlers create chances, and the fielder is placed in the right and quite innovative placement (a la Kohli in the last test), they drop key catches. Vijay and Rohit dropped some important catches as well. How are any of these Dhoni's fault? The likes of U.Yadav and V.Aaron have been tried and found to be no better than the bowlers he actually used. In fact, in the NZ tests, the much maligned Ishant did better than the crowd-favorite, Shami. The truth is, given the pool Dhoni has, they are the best. And, Jadeja over Mishra is not surprising when the pitch doesn't assist spin and Jadeja being a better bat than Mishra.

  • on February 23, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Sanju samson should have been brought in, not karthik. Sanju is the future talent for India, so why not test him early since World Cup duties are over

  • Akshaypvsureshan on February 23, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    Why selectors everytime ignore MANOJ TIWARI UMESH YADAV and not ready to select future players like SANJU SAMSON VIJAY SOL DEEPAK HOODA etc.

  • basusri133b on February 23, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    It is a bad move to select Dinesh Karthik. Surely,we have better wicket Keeper batsmen available. This is surely a biased selection. The selection of a Wicket Keeper should have been made with an eye to the future. Karthik definitely does not belong there. So, another wasted opportunity to blood a potential Keeper/Batsman at the International level. Stuart Binny & Ambatu Rayadu should be part of any playing eleven. Rohit Sharma should be dropped. He has been given numerous opportunities to prove himself, and we know what the results have been. What ever happened to the young Under 19 spinner Harmeet Singh ? Players like this should have been nurtured and developed. Unmukt Chand and Baba Aparjit are other players that come to mind. The BCCI has effectively stifled all discussion and comments from the selectors and our past eminent cricketers. This is a stake that has been driven through the heart of Indian Cricket.

  • on February 22, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    its bad move to select Dinesh Karthik again,, hw many chances selectors want to give him,, its time to give chances to new TALENTS who performed very well in Ranji season,, KL Rahul OR CM GautAM SHOULD HAVE BEEN SELECTED.

  • Vi-sh on February 22, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    India should re-think their playing eleven with Dhoni not in the line-up now. Rohit Sharma should drop down to play the role of finisher along with Karthick and Jadeja.This is also because Rohit is consuming lot of balls at the top which is putting pressure on Dhawan. Rahane should open with Dhawan and Virat should drop down to number 4 which will allow deservng Cheteshwar Pujara to play at number 3. India can try Stuart Binny to see what he can offer.If he plays, India will have very good batting depth.

    Indian Playing XI should be

    1.Shikhar Dhawan 2. Anjikya Rahane 3.Cheteshwar Pujara 4.Virat Kohli 5. Rohit Sharma 6. Dinesh Karthick 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Stuart Binny 9. RaviChandran Ashwin 10.Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 11.Mohammed Shami

  • on February 22, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Its a big blow for India to have lost a player like Dhoni as he has been the prime reason for India's success in major international title victories, he has proved himself as the best ever captain Indian team got, unlike other record holders who would add more to their personal account but at cost of getting there team to loose, dhoni has been exceptional as individual match winner and perfect captain Being a Pakistani i am still a dhoni fan but how ever this is a plus point for Pakistan to have an easier opponent to face. At the same time Pakistan will miss its latest sensation Muhammad irfan who has been the nightmare for every batsman these days. Such a loss for cricket to not have all best players representing their teams in such mega events

  • on February 22, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Seriously need to do something with the bowling lineup!

  • wolf777 on February 21, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    What about CM Gautam? He has scored more than Dinesh Karthik....

  • on February 21, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    No msd,no raina and yuvi in sub-continent tracks is difficult for india to score big.. PPl like rahane and pujara are not good for slogging. Raina would have been ideal choice,despite his poor form coz, he is a match winner in these conditions . Its tym for dk to score some runs and gets back his no 4 position. I think india dropped raina to spend some time on his weekness . This is wat happened to yuvi b4 2011 wc he was dropped , he spent some tym n came back strong. Raina has played 175 odi at an avg of 36 and strike rate over 90. Raina and yuvi are match winners ,they surely need extended run. Raina made couple of 30's in new zealand. Rahane isnt a ODI product ,so as rohit. Bring back gambhir...

  • on February 21, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    DK has to show his importance right now

  • md4cric on February 21, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    ASIA Cup I think it's an important tournament- for players and for Boards. With amount of Cricket being played the teams around the world will Rest the key players and that"ll be the norm for the future as Players do Need Physical and Mental Rest for them to be recharges. Durin 70's, 80's the amount was NOT as much. I like to see the same players playing all the time but it's UNREALISTIC Expectations.

  • Raj12345 on February 21, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    good call. Karthik deserve a chances like RG,Raina and Yuvi have given chances in the past.

    Samson is promising, he should be given chance in middle order. It helps overall. Aparajith is another one to be groomed. This IPL aparajith going to be key player in CSK squad.

  • on February 21, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    No raina and no dhoni . What will India do in the slogging overs . I'm sure kolhi cannot hit a hundred every match and finish the innings cause he is Human as well.india are going to struggle to get 250-280 above as we can't count on virat

  • on February 21, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    rest well.. awesome excuse knowing getting trashed is quite possible.... enjoy ur break MSD

  • fzsTrio on February 21, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    I am a Pakistan cricket team fan but always love to see Dhoni marshaling his troops. Best wishes to Dhoni and good luck to Kohli. Pakistan will emerge victor again. Inshallah (God willing). Shahid Akbar

  • on February 21, 2014, 15:01 GMT

    BD will thrash all the in Asia Cup

  • on February 21, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Nonsense there is no injury. He is taking rest.

  • dabbadubba on February 21, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    This is a pointless tournament, India should have sent their B team to test the bench strength... The revenues in this will be shared by SL and PAK, why should the tired Indian players work extra hard to make money for these ungrateful SL and PAK teams ?

  • on February 21, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Get well soon MAHI. And spent your precious time with your family, enjoy with them. It is a good time for you to convey your thoughts in your family especially to your parents continuously they will miss you in your family.

  • on February 21, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    Rest both the Sharma's, it will help the team a lot..

  • on February 21, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    rohti should have beenthe captian

  • ADARSH100 on February 21, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    I guess many people are happy now. " Those people who wanted MSD to step down from captaincy and see him out of action ". Well, there comes the test for Kohli and big hitters. There is no Raina,no MSD to hit quick runs. I dont think Karthik hits too well. Whatever BEST OF LUCK .. Wishing Kohli and Co. Best Of Luck :)

  • md4cric on February 21, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Much needed Rest and recuperating time for MSD before WT20 World Cup. Indeed all other Asian Teams would be relived to hear that MSD is NOT there. Kohli will make a good captain --just matter of Time.

  • on February 21, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Will miss watching him in action.. Without a doubt one of the busiest, yet most fittest player the game has seen..

    Respect!

  • Zainnajam on February 21, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    I dont Think that Much is going to Matter when India are on a severe losing streak.. Also, Dhoni has taken alot of time as Captain, and i think that some other player should be awarded as a captain and rely on some other Tactics. (Not that it Would make any Difference in the 1st Place)

  • on February 21, 2014, 12:32 GMT

    Team: Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, Rohit/Pujara, Karthik, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Shami, Varun Aaron.. This is quite a balanced squad with two batting all rounders and 2 bowling all rounders.. 3 seamers, one really quick bowler, one fast medium and seam and one swing bowler.. 3 spinners off, leg and left arm orthodox.. 5 genuine batsmen with Jaddu and Ashwin.. Seems fair enough..

  • on February 21, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    My 11:

    Dhawan, Rayudu, Kohli, Pujara, Karthik, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuvneswar, Shami.

  • spinkingKK on February 21, 2014, 12:12 GMT

    I take this opportunity to show my admiration for Dhoni's brilliance as a batsman. He is brilliant under his own captaincy. He was there most of the time to finish things off for India. So, India will definitely miss him. But, he is getting replaced with a contrasting player, who is classy and gutsy. I hope Karthik shows his worth in contrasting style to Dhoni. He, definitely, got it in him to make it big. He is at the peak age (between 28-30) for a batsman. He has got about 5 years of good cricket left in him to make it really big for India.

  • on February 21, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    I guess even Kohli needs to rest. This is pointless tournament. Playing once again on flat pitches will not do anything good to any Asian teams

  • spinkingKK on February 21, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    I am glad Karthik is in the team. I hope they play in him in the top middle order and not where Dhoni comes. Sanju Samson's record does look good and seems to be a big hitter. I wouldn't have had any complaints if he was been tried. Because, Karthik is more important in test matches. I am a big Karthik supporter, though. I believe the guy is up there with the best Indian batsmen in all formats of the game. But, to see his full potential, you have to face with adverse conditions against some hostile bowling. That is where he usually stands up and make it count. If you are going to play Bangladesh in a flat track, don't expect Karthik to make big score.

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    its a much needed rest for MSD.....he needs time n thought to raise back....jus remember wat he does after WC'11.....its good to see virat captaining in asia cup.....past few years team india is more dependant on MSD in odi's.....with WC'14 in less dan a year....team india really need to think upon the middle order....with raina axed from d side n dhoni out due to injury....its a real test for virat to see how he executes and constructs the middle order.....its upto him whether he wants tallented rohit to open or bat down the order....without dhoni things will be so tough for the middle order.....i personally think it would be a fair choice if rahane/karthik opens wid dhawan and rohit comes 2 down......i think rohit can do pretty much at 4.....india's middle order is really pathetic.....v need to work upon this in asia cup....need to set a stiff middle order to face bouncy tracks in australia and nz my team: dhawan,rahane,kohli,rohit,raudu,karthik,jadeja,binny,aswin,shami,bhuve

  • Dinesh_S on February 21, 2014, 11:43 GMT

    Get well soon MSD. We'll miss You

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    I don't think with out Dhoni India will never won any major tournment because dhoni is not only India's best odi captain and at present he is best finisher of the present, atleast bring back yuvaraj singh.

  • on February 21, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Miss u ms....is any chance for irfan pathan be in india team...

  • plymuth12 on February 21, 2014, 11:01 GMT

    1)dhawan 2)pujara 3)kohli 4)raina 5)karthik 6)dhoni 7)jadeja

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    dhoni is simply best.....

  • jaffers1 on February 21, 2014, 10:49 GMT

    @lonewarriorram. What are you talking about. Don't you remember 2012. Who won the final by beating BD. It was Pakistan. Didn't MSD was captain at that time - The hyped champ and captain. It was early exit for India!

  • SANATP22 on February 21, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    Asia CUP XI R Sharma S Dhawan V Kohli A Rahane D Krathick A Rayadu R Jadeja A Mishra B Kumar I Pandey M Shami

  • HarrowXI on February 21, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    1)Rohit 2)Pujara 3)Kohli 4)Dhawan 5) Rahane 6) Raydu 7)Ashwin 8) Jadeja 9) Bhuvi 10)shami 11) Pandey.

    still look strong batting unit. Pujara's game suits at top of the order to delegate against new balls. While Dhawan aggressive batting help in middle overs power play as we are missing Raina.

  • on February 21, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Get well soon mate. We need u.

  • rohanblue on February 21, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    get well soon dhoni, we love u..........

  • godshand on February 21, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    Thanks, MSD for opting out and giving others a chance.

  • Diaz54 on February 21, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    I am glad Kholi got the captaincy....let's see if it effects his batting form...good to try out! But I want Dhoni back against England....so that I can listen to over analysis by the professor and lame excuses, giving very little,credit to opposition.

  • ooper_cut on February 21, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    For all you Dhoni haters, MSD is indispensable in an ODI team, his presence at the crease means India have not lost yet. This is a huge blow for the team. On the bright side, Karthik has a chance to grab and cement a place in this ODI side.

  • on February 21, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    best of luck kohli and team india

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 21, 2014, 9:34 GMT

    @Lame_Excuses_By_Dhoni. Wait for SL matches in Asia-cup another no win series in the sub-continent for them.

  • on February 21, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    so this could be the impact of continues foreign defeats. dhoni is excellent captain. Virat can never be like him.

  • on February 21, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Finally Dinesh Karthik gets his chance.He was taken out of the team with no reason since yuvraj came back in Australia tour of India. Hope he proves himself and get back into the 2015 WorldCup.

  • lonewarriorram on February 21, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    @jaffers1 which Asia cup are you pointing out. Last time India trashed Pak, SL and lost to BD (thanks largely due to 100th Tendulkar ton)

  • goldenpower on February 21, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Pujara will open bat for strengthening batting order. rohit & karthik bat in middle order. My Asia XI : 1.Pujara 2.dhawan 3.Virat kohi 4.rohit sharma 5.dinesh karthik 6.Raydu 7.jadeja 8.Binny 9.Amit Misra 10.Shami 11.Pandey/Aaron

  • Naresh28 on February 21, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    A decision was made about a year back that INDIA would experiment and be ready for the next WC. It seems this is one of the moves. By failing team India could also be building mental strength in its team. Throw players into the deep end, leave out classy players like Pujara etc. Some of decisions will make players stronger. I believe YUVI should have come in here. Our last WC win was somewhat built on his effort.

  • Shajahan.P on February 21, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Best Playing XI in:

    Dhawan, Rahane, Kohli, DK, Rayude, Binny, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvi, Shami, I Pandey.

  • on February 21, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    can India win without Dhoni? I doubt!

  • Lame_Excuses_By_Dhoni on February 21, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    With or without Dhoni it is a first round elimination for India. So it wont make much of a difference anyway. Never seen a team getting thrashed like India in the recent past.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 21, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    @jaffers1 mate so you mean to saythat new zealand after that series is the strong contender for the finals??? obviously you are not saying that???? ha ha mate I almost fell from my chair when I read your second part. keep humoring us!!

  • BustIPL on February 21, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    With the busy schedule that india have to maintain the icc rankings and fulfill the agreements by BCCI with broadcasters, sponsors and IPL franchises. Just 15 players make millions for BCCI which is normally made by 100s of workers in factories. Zaheer's famous breakdown in England is no distant past. Factories have shifts but these indian players have to be out there in the middle almost throughout the year because other shift might not be having big names like dhoni/kohli. On top of that they have to play the top teams to enhance their ICC ranking and hence the market value which puts the players under great stress resulting in breakdown and hopeless performance with bat and ball.

  • on February 21, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    d ....team shud be dhawan ,rohit,virat,pujara,karthik,binny,jadeja,ashwin,mishra,shami,bhuvi/ishwar

  • on February 21, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Without MS Dhoni India can do nothing

  • on February 21, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    I think team for asia cup.... Like viru and gauti opener and yuvi and koli middle order then kartik and then yusuf And irphan and then jaddu and ashwin and then shami and ishant... Extra player are.. pujara raydu and bhuvi and zaheer and rohit... extra.. These type of team we want...

  • on February 21, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Wow nice way of asking Dhoni to stay out of the team. As always and was expected that after two pathetic series outside India where they win against the low performing team this was expected.

    India with the power of money can dictate but out of 1.27billion they cant find a fast bowler and keep on playing bowlers such as Ishant. So here you go dhoni had to pay the price. Bubye Dhoni

  • on February 21, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    He will get some rest & our bench strength will be tested. Rohit and Dhawan need to take more responsibility in the absence of MSD. I really hope Rayadu along with Jadeja & Ashwin will come good which will form decent lower order. My Asia Cup XI will be :

    1. Dhawan 2. Rahane/Rohit 3. Virat 4. Rohit/Rahane 5. DK 6. Rayadu/Binny 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Ishwar / Aaron.

    If Binny playes i will get Amit mishra instead of 1 of seamers. And open bowling with Ashwin(Attacking Option and he has experience).

    Hope for the best.

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Sanju Samson is not given a chance?

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    A very good Wicket Keeper Batsman back into the Squad as replacement for Dhoni. Dinesh Kartik should use this Asia Cup as a entry again into the team. Shikhar Dhawan is out of form so in place of him Rayudu can be replaced. Will Kohli consider this? The team can be like this: Kartik, Rohit, Kohli, Rahane/ Pujara, Rayudu, Binny, Ishwar, Jadeja, Mishra, Shami, Bhuvaneshwar

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:36 GMT

    India will be better of without dhoni ...

  • jaffers1 on February 21, 2014, 7:34 GMT

    @AVIRAL_Ashok. Wow, you are hiding the face in the sand. "What is the big deal if one series is lost to New Zealand".! Remember, your glorious captain and his team was white washed four times in two years. Now is your captain good? Ignoring NZL when credit is due show the pain of indian supporters. Calm down and be realistic. One more thing to other champion supporters. Last Asia Cup dhoni was there. What happened? When Pakistan has last ODI with India there what happened? Dare to respond. I personally feel this hyped captain will not be missed. The result will be same. India thrashed by PAK and SL and barely missed by BD in Asia Cup (cause BD do not know how to win from strong position).

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Dhoni's absence would be felt... he's too good in ODI format. we all know he's been instrumental n has the repute of game changer. desired rest was must all the best team India n Kohli...

  • BustIPL on February 21, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    They needed dhoni badly. He being the finisher in many occasions now indians boast off. Since, india are not the asian champions they needed dhoni but unfortunately he is injured. My gut feeling is such that india lost the lower order that saved the honors so many times in the past. Shami has come good with the bowl and could have been given captaincy encouraging bowlers while batting was good enough on their own with Kohli the vice captain.

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    why not open with ashwin he is a class batsman and our batting order will be strong aswin should be moulded like ravi shastri .. that will do the trick

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Its unfortunate Dhoni is out of Squad. But After a long time Dinesh Kartik back to Squad. Its a good sign. He will open batting. Either Rohit or Rahane can open with him. Also Rayudu is a good Middle Order Batsman. In case of Batting, India is very strong. Bowling seems a little worried again. That too Pace Bowling is mainly lacking once again in this series also. Now all we have to do is to wait and see how the Captaincy of Virat Kohli works out.

  • vwazalwar on February 21, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    kohli should not be burdened with captaincy. he is gud as a no.3 batsmen.. Some other should take over as captaincy charge from dhoni... Rohit sharma is more better to be stand in skipper as he has led MI nicely in last IPL.. Not kohli yaar.. His performance will be hampered ansd he will again be criticized by public for that.

  • santhoshg016 on February 21, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    First of all Congrats to DK who is waiting for a long time now he has got chance to prove himself in the team..and i am not happy about the fixture 11 matches only 2 Grounds is going to be played.. the pitch will get slower and lower as a match progress.. India should be tested in slow pitches.. think how India will miss dhoni at lower order.. spinners plays major role.. my team for Asia XI is 1. Dhawan, 2. Rohit. 3. Kohli. 4. Rahane. 5. D.Karthik. 6. Binny 7. Ashwin. 8. Jadeja 9. Pandey 10.Shami 11. B kumar.. I like to use pujara later first 2 matches should be the team like this.. if any batsmen struggle then they might replace pujara lets hope young guns will bring Asia cup this time to INDIA... Best of luck Young Indinas...

  • on February 21, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    I think a well deserved break for the Skipper. It would feed some time off for MSD to recollect his thoughts and to spare some time for his family. The biggest problem is with back to back series for the team, it would be difficult for him to spend time to analyse and structure the problems facing in abroad conditions. Now i guess he will be able to find out the reasons behind the debacle in Newzealand and the series before this where we lost. Lets hope he will come up with new strategies and killer instinct for the series coming up in England and Australia. I strongly believe he is the best captain india has ever produced and will be so in future.

  • Rajesh32_ash on February 21, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    A much needed one for India and rest of the players.

    People needed Aggressive players to bounce back from a wort position..Just give him a chance ..lets what he can do ...This can decide future Captain as well..

    And all dhoni lovers/Haters ..One question to all..Indioa won many series and many matches ...Won WOrld Cup and many matches-Everyone said its all coz of Dhoni and his cool captaincy..If india loses we blame bowlers and batsmen not performing well..COme on Dhoni and people wake up...

  • Engr.TahirShah on February 21, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    India are struggling recently to win matches, with MSD, they'll struggle big times without him. Best of luck team India.

  • on February 21, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    I'll go with this eleven at least for 1st match...

    dhawan, rohit , kohli, pujara, rahane, karthik, binny ,jadeja, ashwin, shami ,aaron

  • on February 21, 2014, 6:31 GMT

    What R u talking about guys??????? Without dhoni indian team will become like 90's .... If some person doing something then motivate him. i saw some post like some are compairing virat with sachin ,why u r forget when sachin was captain then india losses all & also sachin paji not scored good. If u r respect sachin then should respect the decissin of sachin ji also bcoz of sachinji Dhoni is captain since last 6 yrs guys..........

  • curator2askCaptain on February 21, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    no doubt Dhoni needed a rest... Asia cup is not so important for India/Pak or SriLanka.... instead B'Desh and Afghanistan have a great opportunity to impress.... Also, Dhoni should play the IPL as it is an Indian event and every Indian or any cricket lover for that matter should like/love IPL...Accept it or not IPL auction proved that BD do not have the world class talent and if they have then win the Asia Cup...all the best...

  • on February 21, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    em a pakistani personally I think dhoni is the best thing that happened to india remember his great achievements remember many occasions that he single handedly won it fo india

  • on February 21, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    Dhoni is best cool captain no doubt. Kohli is hot headed he cannot lead India need maturity for leadership as individual he is best batsmen we have but dont forget Dhoni can smash any opposition when it comes to last overs. Its good that he is taking rest, it is much needed for him. If Indian bowlers cannot deliver what can Dhoni or infact Virat can do about it. Look at Virat he was captain of RCB which was full of batsmen but they couldnot win because of no availability of class bowlers. India needs one Kapil and Kumble those were wicket takers I feel Amit Mishra should be given enuf chances he can be wicket taker. Captaincy is not a prob for india problem is bowlers changing captain will solve nothing it will worsen the situation.

  • on February 21, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    the other teams participating in the Asia cup are going to get a morale boost because India doesent have one of the best player's and ofc the best captain of Indian cricket

  • PrasannaVenkateshan on February 21, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    Good show in NZ by the young indian team under the captaincy of Dhoni,let some matches skip out of our hands,but that's ok because only Dhoni and Zaheer were seniors.A learning curve,will miss Dhoni for Asia cup....:(

  • Darkmanx12155 on February 21, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    @ Diyath Wijesinghe .... Funny mate... But by now you should know, even the under 19 indian team can beat ur team mate! Look how pathetic ur team against the number 10 team in the world! and our new captain play best against ur team... look at his record. Even Pakistan play better cricket than ur team.. wake up Diyath Wijesinghe...

  • on February 21, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    no doubt- it may be the feelings expressed by the commentary teams and ex-captains

    who injured Dhoni very badly. Lets see what difference it going to make to Indian Team. Then they will realize the need for captain cool in difficulties. I wish them the luck ( critics) kesav koundinya

  • on February 21, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    good dhoni need some rest

  • Cricsnake on February 21, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Very Good move. It will nurture Kohli as the future captain for another decade and give enough rest to hard working Dhoni after heavy workload and too much pressure leading India after highly challenging tours. Hope Kohli will lead India to win all the matches in Asia Cup and India might beat BD or Pakistan in the finals. Dhoni will comeback strongly in T20 WC to secure his captaincy and India has the chance to win both tournaments if all players perform well. Kohli could be the leading run scorer and Bhuvi/ Shami could be the leading wicket taker. Ashwin and Jadeja both work hard to earn the lost reputation and they can do in SC very well.

  • Gurusamy84 on February 21, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Dhoni must need to rest from IPL. bez we want dhoni in indian team

  • SP009 on February 21, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    where is my last post?????

    Kohli is good choice as a captain. I wish he should take command in all three formats. he is capable of doing that...

  • apki100 on February 21, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    'Dhoni injured, to miss Asia Cup'.... Thank GOD for SMALL MERCIES.

  • Karunk on February 21, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    Good!! Dhoni deserved some rest!! Pujara should play in all one day matches so that he gets ready for WC in Aus/NZ. Players like Rohit Sharma, Rayudu may score runs in subcontinent but will struggle again in Aus & NZ. Pujara should be allowed to settle down in one day team. Dhoni has been critisised for using same set of players in every match and not experimenting. Need to see whether Kohli experiments with the team combination. He did not do that in Zimbabwe series when Pervez Rasool did not play a single match even when India was leading 4 nil.

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    I have never been a big fan of Dhoni and his captaincy in either formats but have always stressed his importance as a stand alone batsman in the limited over set up. No doubt he is required in the world cup but I hope only as a batsman. Virat is the obvious successor and a good captain but I want him to follow the steps of sachin and just be a batsman all his life. He is such a great batter, I just fear his batting will get affected coz of captaincy. Same with Puji, who in my opinion is a more important player than Virat. Rohit is the ideal choice and has proved in the limited chances that captaincy makes him more responsible as a batsman and he should start using himself more with the ball too. Let Rahane open as he is more suited and Rohit back at no. 5 and captain.

  • DanielRob on February 21, 2014, 5:49 GMT

    Mahendra Singh Dhoni - Good Riddance!!!!

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Guys u need to stop with this loose talks about MSD he is done so much for the country .and about we loosing abroad look at the bowling resources we have a medicore 130 to 135 speed cant win away matches for u .I feel virat should be left away from the captiancy for a while since he is in the prime of his form.indian captionsy is a very taxing job more than the pm post because of crazy and loud fans including me. its time zaheer hangs his booths for good he gona be a dicy propertion for the away tours of England and Australia to follow and the selector should start putting trust on a pankaj singh who with my limited cricket knowledge looks like gona a great asset rather than a medicore bowler like dinda and vinay.lets hope india achieve the best in all its future assignments whoever leads and play well.in the end the most imp is team india.

  • Kashi0127 on February 21, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    I truly hope Dhoni can totally be forgotten after this in test cricket and ODI. Let him play all the IPL he wants along with Sehwags, Gambhirs of this world. That would be good for Indian cricket.

  • NP_NY on February 21, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Bad for India. Dhoni is awesome in the 50-over format and average in tests. He should be "rested" for tests and play all ODIs. India are reigning world cup and champions trophy winners mainly because of him. India is not going to win Asia cup without him.

  • Udendra on February 21, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    Must be a tough decision for Srinivasan!

  • AVIRAL_Ashok on February 21, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    woah mates calm down!!! the whole world knows dhoni is the best captain in shorter format. one bad series doesn't mean anything tous. what we wanted from there, we got it-- experience for world cup. !! that's all. new zealand won that series. so does it mean that they are better than Iindia?? of course not!!! similarly India lost that series doesn't mean dhoni is not the best!! he is the best captain to lead any side in the shorter format!! he has been continously overworking without any break. he is possibly the most hard working athelete in the world!! so he neede it. even he had denied, I think we must insist him to take that leave!!! and now this is the best chance fo r kohli and team to handle the pressure situation in tough times againsy asian giants!!! It's gonna be one hell of a series!!! Not that India won'twin it but all eyes will be on kohli's captaincy and if kohli handles this pressure well, no doubthe is future captain!! goo luck mates

  • curator2askCaptain on February 21, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    no doubt Dhoni needed a rest... Asia cup is not so important for India/Pak or SriLanka.... instead B'Desh and Afghanistan have a great opportunity to impress.... Also, Dhoni should play the IPL as it is an Indian event and every Indian or any cricket lover for that matter should like/love IPL...Accept it or not IPL auction proved that BD do not have the world class talent and if they have then win the Asia Cup...all the best...

  • espncricdiehrtfan on February 21, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    hope dhoni is really injured, virat captaincy i dont thing so it wil work,1 he have attitude problem which is not gud for indian team 2, his batting performanc wil diffinatly effect, 3. he is nt luk mature at all. As per my experience is concern india is out of asia cup final, its not zimbabwe, its about gaints like pakistan srilankan nd bangladesh who is always dangorous on his own den against india..i simply say best of LUCK team india bcz there is v less hope.

  • Ind_Cricket_fan on February 21, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    Dhoni is a brillant finisher in ODI , the x factor in the Indian team and best captain. Dhoni bashers had a field day after India lost to NZ and were happy to put the blame on him.Now that he is not playing ,they are also they are blaming him for that .They will realize his value after the Asia cup.

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    At those who think dhoni is faking hisninjury and would be back playing ipl. He will be back playing wc t20. And puhlease.. he is a champion finisher. We need him as a captain atleast till next year. Its thr wc year and u cant be changing captains.

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    @Yogesh Patel : Quite a stat !!

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    This will mark the fall of the most hyped cricketer n captain n will be the rise of Kohli the Captain at least in ODI's... I hope captaincy wont be given to dhoni again wen India win the tournament under Kohli... high team Indian Cricket team earns back the trust n respect of itz fans n followers....

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    like to see DK again.keeping style and batting style of DK is different and good to c

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    Now is not the time to sign off dhoni. It is time to test Kohli. Instead of looking at this as a sneak-peek into the future we try to see this as a kohli vs dhoni captaincy battle.

  • SaifS on February 21, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Dear MSD, this injury should have come prior to an overseas test series and not before an ODI, and you know what I mean ;-) I think you are under tremendous pressure at the moment and we understand that as well. You have always handled pressure better than most then why are you crumbling now? That's not you my friend. Come on MS we love you, we love to see you play, and I love you for your leadership and there are hundreds like me. If you want to lessen your burden then excuse from the test captaincy for some time, but still play in the team purely as a w/k batsman. Be yourself mate! Fix your injury and come back in the Asia Cup :-) Good Luck!

  • on February 21, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    While Dhoni is out of Asia Cup due to injury, selectors had a good opportunity to choose a better replacement. Instead, they, without giving a second thought, included Karthik as his replacement. If not Dhonti, then it is Karthik. No other player. For years, it has been the case. Why, they didn't think about Sanju Samson, an exciting prospect whom Rajasthan Royals Captain, Rahul Dravid has rated very high. Not only that, he has been performing very well and he has the capability to win the matches. Unfortunately, we, cricket fans, can only lament. Whether India win or lose, selectors are not bothered.

  • hawk707 on February 21, 2014, 5:04 GMT

    This is the best chance for some new blood in indian bowling attack like ishwar pandey or rasool or any other since dhoni is not available. Once dhoni come back and the same old story jadeja(ofcourse has been decent recently), ashwin, raina, ishant.

  • Viratkohlirocks on February 21, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    Virat kohli is going to make a great agrresive captain, but the pressure is going to et to him. Dhoni, and him are the only performing ODI batsmen now, but then the match is in subcontinet so rohit sharma will score triple century

  • naren1983 on February 21, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    Virat will definitely get us Asia Cup this time. He is in awesome form, this spirit will raise the team to take responsibility. This young team looks like U-19 where Virat led and T20 WC 2007 team where Dhoni led. Team should be - 1. Shikhar 2. Rohit 3. Virat 4. Pujara 5. Rahane 6. Dinesh 7. Jadeja 8. Binny 9. Mishra 10. Bhuvi 11. Shami. This gives openers to get quick runs, solid middle order, fire at depth batting, quality spinner, binny can be bat & bowl and two pacers. Since there won't be much assistant for pacers, no need for 3 quicks, depth batting will help to chase big totals, this is always applicable in Bangladesh pitch. Mishra leg spin will help more than Ashwin off spin in Bangladesh. Also we have depth batting, so no need for Ashwin.

  • on February 21, 2014, 4:50 GMT

    Is it the rise of kohli as Captain??? Remember ganguly and dhoni got captaincy after 2years he scored 183 in ODI kohli too scored 183!!!!!!

  • ashok16 on February 21, 2014, 4:43 GMT

    Love that Photograph of Dhoni. My opinion of his cricket his mixed, but his athleticism, especially his running between the wickets and the way he turns over for the second run, is exquisite.

  • on February 21, 2014, 4:40 GMT

    Amazing to see such bitter comments .We Indian fans love to take passion to a next level. Sum 1 was saying hope he seriously injures himself so that he never plays again!!! Ridiculous stuff here. Armchair experts and loose commentators like us can never realize the amount of physical and mental stress one has to go during rehabilitation. Pls don't make such comments. Dhoni is and will always be better than all Ranji keepers combined and his contribution is as much to Indian cricket as the other senior players and stalwarts.

  • aneesst on February 21, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    If Dhoni really like India & Indian cricket he should not play in this year IPL, If he is skipping Asia cup for India, y can't he do the same with CSK in IPL.

    He should take rest and prepare for the Eng & Aus Tour and the big WC2015.

    This is not goin to happen as usual a very tired Indian team after IPL will fly to Eng may be for yet another COLORFUL whitewash.......

    Even gods cannot help Indian cricket(playing outside subcontinent)

  • rajcl on February 21, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    my 11,,,,,1) dhawan 2) rahane / pujara 3) virat 4) jadeja 5) kartik 6) rohit / rayudu 7) binny 8) mishra 9) ashwin / panday / bhuvi 10) shami / panday 11) varon / bhuvi,,,,try jadeja at 4 , he is not a sloger but now days he becomes sloger, but he is busy player at strike rotate ( if u try jadeja at 4 u can give 1 extra bowler to opertunity in every game ) forgot about cut make 15 players to play

  • realfan on February 21, 2014, 4:35 GMT

    @wapuser : your fav is srilanka and virat is worst choice... hmmm .. this pattren matches quite a bit.... never mind you will see how matured virat is in asia cup... those who have not watched india tour of zimbabwe about virat's captaincy, and how he backs his players, you will see that in asia cup....

  • sramesh_74 on February 21, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Instead of going back time and again to the Kartiks and Sahas, Indian cricket should look ahead and blood Sanju Samson.

  • on February 21, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    This Injure just avoid from another defeats which India will face in Asia Cup. Dohni don't want to be part of these defeats because it will end his captaincy if he played that tournament.

  • ErangaMahesh on February 21, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Though Kholi is a good player i don't think he is a good Captain, he has a big attitude problem how he manage a team. Dhoni is the best ODI captain i ever seen in Indian Colors.

  • Darkmanx12155 on February 21, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    What on earth is wrong with you people? @ wapuser, Virat is the BEST choice for the captaincy mate! Look at his aggression.... His ability as a batsman to win matches single handedly... and his ability to break partnerships with the ball... Guys, Virat is the BEST thing EVER happened to world cricket! I believe if he was captaining team indai against the Saffers and the NZs, test results would have been much different. Unlike Dhoni, Virath will not take a step back and wait for things to happen, instead he would have gone for the kill. Virat is like Ponting. He would do anything to win a match. Look how successful Aussies were under ponting? Imagin if Virat walked in the 2nd innings when he nicked it.. Thats how a player should be. Look at his captain career people. 7 wins out of 8 under his command! MARK MY WORDS....He will bring the Asia cup to india this year!!! Please make virat the test captain if you want india to win away tests....

  • Fast_Track_Bully on February 21, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Guess what? SL fans hoping for a win over India. Their ultimate enemy is injured! But still India can beat them in any game anywhere.

  • on February 21, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    with or without Dhoni will make no difference...... SL team is so strong in the current situation comparing to all other Asian teams! Pakistan will only be a game to SL!

  • on February 21, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Without MSD I don't think the team will qualify for final, any way hope for the best, all the best to Team India and Kolhi.

  • on February 21, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    blessing for team india....dhoni out of asia cup with an injury..... hope virat virat will give mishra ,raydu

  • mathanthas on February 21, 2014, 3:49 GMT

    No Cricket without Dhoni in playing 11. I too take rest from watching Asia Cup. Seeya guys at IPL...

  • Gurudumu on February 21, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    One thing is for certain - MS is a brilliant short form cricket captain and player especially ODIs. He's a great finisher, is calm, confident and never loses sight of the goal. We must admit, however, that he is a poor Test captain given his 'sit back and wait' approach. Team India need an attacking captain, with tactical nous and is capable of taking risks and moving the game forward - sadly, not Dhoni's strong suite. He doesn't seem to select the right set of bowlers - I don't know whether he has a hand in the selection or not but if you can't bowl a team out you don't win Test matches.Does he have favourites.. maybe or maybe not. Ultimately India need a new 1) Test captain 2) Coach 3) Selectors in order to progress in Test cricket - an exciting nucleus of talented young players are available. They need to be groomed , nurtured, supported and encouraged with selections based on merit, Go Team India

  • TEROSHAN on February 21, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Perhaps BCCI, start to think about kohli as a next market icon for them to earn some money .. As dhoni Fail to do that consistently.. in National team as wel as CSK.. I would prefer to go with Rohith Sharma He is a leader kholi is batsman.. if he start to led india team will divide ...

  • on February 21, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    dhoni has thoughts of ipl. ten days break will give him time to sort out impt meetings with csk. it's a lame excuse. just shows how much dhoni is more interested on csk rather than India.

  • TRAM on February 21, 2014, 3:14 GMT

    @Parth Choksi, >>"if this guy can't play in subcontinent i don't think he can be any better overseas". DK has scored well only in overseas ... fyi and he is better than most regular batsmen abroad.

    @ Gaurav Mohinder Yadav, "If DK emerges as the highest run scorer..", MSD & DK both will be in the 11. The batsman who fails in this tour will be left out of 11. Both Dhoni & DK can keep/field similar to ABD & Quinton de Kock in the 11.

    @619decepticon, I agree with you on Dhoni's approach. I have mentioned earlier Dhoni is only slightly higher than Badri in the strike rate in IPL. But because of his last minute sixers people get the opnion that Badri is slow and Dhoni is match winner.

    After Sehwag, Dhoni, Yuvraj, India is in need of hitters. Added to that, my fear is all these India batsmen are going to play for their place in the team and play slowly. I want Samson in the team as pure batsman to open the innings (Let DK keep).

    I would prefer DK as interim captain until VK matures.

  • Arun_Mathew on February 21, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    India is gonna miss Dhoni badly as a finisher. He is the impact player we have other than Virat and I feel we will struggle in the Asia Cup, only if the likes of rahane, rayudu, and karthik perform well, we stand a chance. This will be the litmus test for Team India without Dhoni. I think Srilanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan will be very happy to see India without Dhoni, the real test begins.. Bhaag Virat Bhaag

  • ramz_01 on February 21, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    ahh now indian hav a reason to if thy fail to win the asian cup.

  • on February 21, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Nice excuse MSD

  • on February 21, 2014, 3:03 GMT

    Karthk had allready been given an extended run in ODI's as a batsman and he failed to deliver...While Wriddhiman Saha had been flying all over the world without getting to play games... he is as good a one-day batsman as a Test one so feel he deserved a real chance rather than beating the same old Karthik...

  • Lalankan_sri on February 21, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Come on Dhoni. It is his plan to skip the consecutive loses. Why all the sudden? He never did like this before.

  • totalcare on February 21, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    I do not understand why the selectors going back to Karthik again. Every time he was given a chance mostly he failed. Is that rayud a keeper? There is a young guy called Gautam playing for Karnataka very good keeper batsman. When is he going to get a go?

  • on February 21, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    yes good and young players should play too good always for mother country (not for any else) they should take risks win or lose.

  • killbillgbu on February 21, 2014, 2:44 GMT

    Why cant we have a different team for each format and create experts in each format? There are probably only 1-2 players that can play all 3 formats

  • sergio11 on February 21, 2014, 2:41 GMT

    how can u ppl comment like this??indian team without MSD is an ordinary team...how many game have he won for us???countless...even the WC final....one or 2 bad series as captain..nt at a batsman or wicket keeper..as a captain...every started to bash him...look at the comments from pak and SL..they rate him much higher than anyone in the side...its good he get some rest...and DK gets a chance..DK is an ideal number 4 for ind...now when dhoni is not there ,it actually will put lot of pressure on Kholi..Kholi will have to score runs and will hav to finish the inng too...no raina or Dhoni..means zero experience in the middle order...unless openers doesnt give ind strts in each games,with the bowling we have got and the pitches in BAN....ind will not defent Asia cup..because most games will be high scoring games..so without a proper finisher its gonning to be hard..i hope jaddu and Ashwin can contribute with bat and binny play all the games..

  • Darkmanx12155 on February 21, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    What on earth is wrong with you people? @ wapuser, Virat is the BEST choice for the captaincy mate! Look at his aggression.... His ability as a batsman to win matches single handedly... and his ability to break partnerships with the ball... Guys, Virat is the BEST thing EVER happened to world cricket! I believe if he was captaining team indai against the Saffers and the NZs, test results would have been much different. Unlike Dhoni, Virath will not take a step back and wait for things to happen, instead he would have gone for the kill. Virat is like Ponting. He would do anything to win a match. Look how successful Aussies were under ponting? Imagin if Virat walked in the 2nd innings when he nicked it.. Thats how a player should be. Look at his captain career people. 7 wins out of 8 under his command! MARK MY WORDS....He will bring the Asia cup to india this year!!! Please make virat the test captain if you want india to win away tests....

  • on February 21, 2014, 2:30 GMT

    @BCCI ;) For a change we need different captions for all three formats (nothing wrong with Dhoni). T20: Dhoni, ODI: Kholi, Test: NoHit (Believe he will hit peak like MI@2013). Seems Rohit likes more responsibility to showcase for a last try because when he is good then he is best among others.

  • on February 21, 2014, 2:25 GMT

    The big question is, when are they going to drop Rohit Sharma?

  • on February 21, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Now with Virat captaincy door open for Sehwag and Gautam to be in and closed doors for M Vijay. we need to start off new captain instead of Dhoni to be ready to lead in future.

  • Yorker06 on February 21, 2014, 2:21 GMT

    I go agree with earlier comments about Kholi not being right choice to captain. I'm a big fan of his and admire what he has achieved in such a short time. He is not yet ready to take the leadership role. He has some temper issue and needs to learn to lead by setting some good example. A lot of people are complaining about Dhoni and want him out. I can't see any other Indian player to be ready to captain India.

  • BangbangKohli on February 21, 2014, 2:03 GMT

    All the best Virat, sure India will do much better under your captainship. Stay positive and be aggressive and believe in yourself. Good luck men in Blue

  • Assertive-Indian on February 21, 2014, 1:32 GMT

    It is a very good idea for Dhoni to take some rest, considering his workload ahead. Note that he has opted out of Asia cup and not T20 WC which will also be held in BD, but a bit later. Playing in Asia cup does not help India's ODI WC preparations because that will be held much later in Aus and NZ, with totally different kind of pitches.

  • sanjaysanapoori on February 21, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    good luck to virat hope he shows some maturity. hope dhoni gets better fast

  • Nigah on February 21, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    Nice move from Dhoni, he knows if he continue to lose in abroad (Asia Cup) than may his captaincy will be in danger. Lets see what will happens to V.K

  • Nampally on February 21, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    Good Luck, Virat Kohli. He captained the team very well in Zimbabwe & was not afraid to include Mishra in the XI- an unimaginable thing for Dhoni! While Karthik is good choice, I would have liked to see a younger guy like Rahul or Samson given a chance as opener + WK. These are the matches to try out young talent. Dhoni has a fixed XI from the squad. When he is not playing we get a chance to see other than Dhoni's XI- India XI- hopefully!

  • here2rock on February 21, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    I read a lot of unfairr criticism of Dhoni here, he is not a great away from home captain for Test Matches but he has been flawless in ODIs, T20s and home test matches. He is probably the best finisher in the history of ODIs. As an Indian fan we owe a lot to him for WC wins in ODIs, T20s taking India to No1 ranking in test matches. He showed the Indians how to win again on world stage, thank you Dhoni. Keep up the good work and have some well earned rest. I look forward to seeing your great work at T20 next month and WC in Aus-NZ next year.We love you.

  • LAKINGSFAN on February 21, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    Karthik didn't use his chances last time around. He started well in a few matches but never made big. I hope he uses this opportunity against teams like SL and BD to show his ability to score big.

    I think it's very well deserved break for Dhoni. After two disastrous away tours. Rumors are doing rounds that he opted for break because of the corruption in IPL.

  • Big_Brother_of_Cricket on February 21, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    Here we goes again. Now Indian fans have a reason to say why they lost the Asia cup. It's pretty hilarious to see a team (who are self-declared world beaters) loose so many matches outside the subcontinent and still have the same eleven without any changes.

  • on February 21, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Dhoni fans need not worry.

    1. He had been playing far too much cricket; and needs a break.

    2. He seems to have a very sturdy physique, and will recover in no time.

    3. He is also CSK Captain, and the most "powerful man" in BCCI & World Cricket is his boss. And, if Power can make a person ill, it can also make a man well. He will be fit as a fiddle, just before CSK has to fight it out in the IPL.

    4. Prince of "Wails", Kohli needs some more practice to mature as a player, as a man, and as a Captain. This is a window, to partially achieve that.

    5. Last, think of his young wife; she also need him at least once in a while.

    All in all a blessing in disguise.

  • Snambidi on February 21, 2014, 0:19 GMT

    A Blessing in disguise for the Great Captain of India.he needs some rest to relieve himself from Stress& Tension. He would come back soon. He should lead India in all the three versions as early as possible. All the Best to mr Dhonifor rest& recreation& speedy come back

  • on February 21, 2014, 0:17 GMT

    Dhoni is injured? how much has he played recently anyway...and this injury was so setup...dhoni has too much of an ego to step down to give kohli a chance so saying hes injured is a good way to test the waters with kohli...

  • on February 21, 2014, 0:16 GMT

    DK hit consecutive centuries in the prelude to the Champions Trophy in England. Even as a batsman, he deserves a chance, given his success overseas (England, Zimbabwe) and his form in 20-20. India A versus Zimbabwe---he opened with Vijay and out-batted him every time, Murali Vijay struggled against Zimbabwe's pacers.

  • DCricket on February 21, 2014, 0:15 GMT

    interesting. I am sure his side strain will go away during ipl. happy for india

  • JAYPEs on February 21, 2014, 0:13 GMT

    Much awaited injury before the IPL.

  • Coolcapricorn on February 21, 2014, 0:08 GMT

    If even the great Sunny Gavaskar says we have become a 'powermouse' over the past two years in terms of our overseas performances, then it shows how embarrassingly bad things have become! In any other country who suffered such losses, drastic changes would be made but with us nothing changes due to our home performances & our spineless Board + selectors! BCCI seem to have put all their efforts in maintaining their status as a powerhouse off the field and so largely turn a blind eye to the team's pathetic performances on the field - as long as the monies keep on pouring into their coffers. Time for change & let's hope with Kohli at the helm, things start getting a lot better for us frustrated Indian fans.

  • 3Cents on February 20, 2014, 23:58 GMT

    Either this is a god send opportunity or knowing Indian politics some intricate wheel churning at the back that resulted in this magical injury at the right time. While it is true that Dhoni is an awesome cricketer/captain in the shorter format, he really doesn't deserve his place in tests, leave alone his captaincy which has been a disaster in this format. I guess this is an opportunity to test out Kohli, the only viable candidate for this job at the moment. I really hope and pray on behalf of all the Indian cricket fans, that he has a great outing, both as a captain and as a player (he is awesome in this format) so it can lead to his test captaincy in the upcoming series in England (a bit too hopeful I guess) or at least Aus by the end of the year (hopeful still :-( ), either with Dhoni officially hanging up his boots from the longer format or getting opportunistically injured or last resort, let Mitch the Avenging Angel answer the Indian fan prayers and keep Dhoni away from tests.

  • on February 20, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    Oh God! So India now down to only one match winner. Good to see that Dhoni is getting some time off but I dont think he can be replaced at least now anyway. If we have world class bowlers like steyn , Mitch,waqar ,Glenn so on , We ll win games overseas. Wonder how media blames Dhoni for losses abroad. Remember the rule-Batsmen will save games and bowlers will win Games.

  • Herath-UK on February 20, 2014, 23:00 GMT

    By design or accident is a moot point.IPL is lurking behind & is a good time for a rest. In a way useless to play with BD & Afg looking at the way Sri Lanka hammering the BD. In this time constrained age probably the top three side in the asia region should play as a tri series in the asia cup so less time with more competitive games ; otherwise will ruin the game seeing boring performances as BD is currently doing.

  • Percy3 on February 20, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    Now that he is given the opportunity again, Kohli should show maturity and real professionalism as a cricketer.A man with such rare talent should take a leaf from Sangakkara and he will be hard to beat.

  • on February 20, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    I am sure MSD could have recovered from the strain sooner. He may have missed the initial games but could have been fit for the finals. Thats if he is actually injured. Its pretty clear he is not injured but this is an experiment with VK as Captain. I dont care if India loses, what matters is we are trying new things. MSD will not be able to sustain workload and DK has to be phased in. Also DK is a good replacement for MSD. He has played some good innings under pressure. Also we shouldnt rely on MSD finishing. Top order should look to finish the game by themselves.

  • on February 20, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    much needed rest for dhoni

  • haq33 on February 20, 2014, 22:46 GMT

    Really? I keep hearing that Dhoni's side is "in transition" and "young" and "full of potential" and "improving with every game, even if it is a loss". I wish I had a side like that.

  • on February 20, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    I hope DK or VK are not crucified if they dont perform. If they dont it døesnt mean they can't. DK deserves a longer run and VK also needs more games as Captain. He should be allowed to Captain one or two games every season to get him used to the subtleties.

  • on February 20, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    This is good and bad at the same time, Good a player like Virat gets his chance to prove how well he can captain, Bad Dhoni is the ODI finisher and captain despite recent loss, india will dearly miss his batting if they are in trouble.

  • kadampan on February 20, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    MS Dhoni needs rest before IPL. He need to be fresh for IPL. I remember before the first IPL, Dhoni was playing lot of cricket and needed rest. He did not play test series against Srilanka. We need Dhoni for more important matches like IPL than Asia Cup.

  • on February 20, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    A Blessing in disguise? India surely need fresh ideas and the 'aggressive' VK can be the perfect guy for that. He would be eager to lead his team to victory ( especially against Pakistan) and then take over the ODI captaincy if he has matured over the course of his stay at the int' arena. #BleedBlue

  • ayij on February 20, 2014, 21:54 GMT

    Stupid decision by selection committee should virat takes the limping team to some extent. ......i feel virat is not the best option.

  • osman_pk777 on February 20, 2014, 21:11 GMT

    I just don't understand why people write odd stuff.. dhoni wasn't doing good job in nz and sa. I read many comments we need kohli for captain india. unfortunately dhoni is injured and kohli is captain . ..now people are writing against kohli..my dear friends we just need to take our time and as well kohli time. nothing is forever . after asia cup we can pass any comments about kohli all we can say to him good luck. I think most people sit here to criticise ..and they criticise just for nothing. in that way indian team cant be settled ..we should give them little space and time.

  • Adnan-Ahmed on February 20, 2014, 20:52 GMT

    Kohli...supremely talented batsman, rude, arrogant...not captaincy material and not a good representation of India.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on February 20, 2014, 20:41 GMT

    @wibblewibble: oh Really?, then we do we have laws for defmation when everyone is entitled to attack anyone?,Any points on that or how simple is it to say that @wibblewibble posts comments without any sense?

    There is a difference between criticizing and sheer defamation. I hope you get the point. And FYI i am not supporter of Dhoni, all I am asking for is to not speculate when you do not have the facts to prove a point.Conspiracy thories do not benefit anyone neither the individual nor the Team. Simple!. This Forum is a place for your opinions and your critical view , not a place for speculation.

  • Reverse-_-Sweep on February 20, 2014, 20:39 GMT

    Pakistan is also without their best bowler M. IRFAN, and India is also without their best batsman MS Dhoni, but still it will be a good tournament. PREDICTION: PAK VS IND FINAL, AND PAKISTAN WILL REMAIN THE ASIAN GIANT...

  • on February 20, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    dhoni is the best

  • on February 20, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    I think the issue is not MSD here, it is the young and inexperience batsmen that he is working with as opposed to the seniors he had before (Sehwag, Sachin, Dravid, Gautam Gambir, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh). It will take time for the new players to settle into their batting positions. Everyone knows India's fielding and bowling is not as sharp as it was in the previous world cup. They are forgetting a very simple basic rule 'Catches win Matches'.

  • on February 20, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    I think dhoni is world's no 1 captain. it's good for him to take rest .i think instead dk they should call back yuvi but best of luck for kohli

  • on February 20, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    i think this is good for dhoni. he must rest in asia cup. and will be available for world twenty 20 held in bangladesh. if we have to won twenty20 dhoni must needed in indian side.

  • BobCo on February 20, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    @wapuser, I tend to agree with there being a need for Kohli to grow up a bit. Unfortunately, there aren't too many alternatives for the captaincy in the national setup right now, and maybe, maybe there is some hope that the added responsibility will bring some maturity out of him. His attitude is, at times, really awful; some arrogant streak ruins him at times, especially in the field. I for one just hope his super talent can one day be aligned with a respectful, respectable head (one a lot cooller than the current one installed upon his shoulders). Else I just don't see myself becoming a Kohli fan. :-/

  • on February 20, 2014, 20:19 GMT

    Some people suggested Sanju Samson play instead of Kartik. But Sanju is doing duty in the U-19s

  • BobCo on February 20, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    Did this injury come from the 6 balls when he turned his arm over in the test match? Didn't seem to be struggling then... pity, really, because I feel he is a much better one day captain than test captain. For some reason he loses some of (some would say all of!!) his proactiveness when India are playing a test. If he could just fix that mindset, his test captaincy wouldn't be under question. As it is, he probably deserves a bit of stick for his test captaincy, but not for his injury (real or imagined is irrelevant).

  • wibblewibble on February 20, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    @Venkat_Gowrishankar: I'm sorry, but being a free country DOES mean allowing anyone to express their own opinion, even if you think it is devoid of value. That is what 'free' means.

    Besides which, this is not a 'free' system - all comments are pro-actively moderated - meaning at least one person has seen and read the comments you disagree with and decided that it is worthy to be posted.

    On Dhoni, he's been an insanely successful captain and indeed player, if he is injured or carrying niggles he should rest. Besides which, it is not Dhoni whom is negative, Duncan Fletcher is the king of "tight cricket".

  • BetterReading on February 20, 2014, 19:58 GMT

    Parthiv Patel should have been called.

  • on February 20, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    I Think Virat is the worst choice, No Doubt he is a good player but behavior matter's as well...he should first learn to respect the game of cricket then being chosen as captain..No Offence in his batting ability..My Fav Team is Srilanka But whole world can see what MS Dhoni Has Done for India in past few years.... After Azharuddin He is the Best Leader for Indian Cricket team..

  • on February 20, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Sanju Samson should have been called up instead of the tried and tested Karthik.Sanju is young,talented,amazing and really capable of playing big shots and is an exciting prospect to watch out for the future.He is a wonderful batsman and wicketkeeper and has all the makings of a champion.

  • on February 20, 2014, 19:40 GMT

    Much needed for dhoni.I think they play too much cricket .Should not play all the formats.

  • IndCricFan2013 on February 20, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    Useless ASIA cup. SL is playing Bangladesh currently followed by ASIA cup matches. How does that makes sense? It is good for Afghan and Bangladesh to play more matches against Ind, PAK and SL. India should be playing more ODI outside Asia considering the world cup.

  • on February 20, 2014, 19:23 GMT

    finally virat got dis chance...ufff...commmnn virat lets do somthing deffrent

  • My-Dear-Watson on February 20, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    I guess this is the start of end of Dhoni as a captain. If Virat proves himself, Dhoni would play as a player siting too much load. He might even give up playing in test altogether.My take is that Dhoni is not injured ,this is a strategic move by selectors.

  • vish2020 on February 20, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    This is very good. I think dhoni is a great captain for India but I need little break for him. His strategies show lot of arrogance. I look forward to see kohli captain India in Asia cup. Excited to see team under new captain. Win or lose I will not miss dhoni because with him it's not like he was performing.

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on February 20, 2014, 19:03 GMT

    I am sorry but being a free nation does not entitle one to attack and express their opinion without any reasoning. These comments that he is making ready for IPL or this is just a coverup are nothing but conspiracy theories which are in poor taste.

    if you are down with an injured leg , how many of us would work? and how does it feel when you hear that you are actualky looking for a better job in guise during that period?. Speculation is not for anyone's benefit.We support the team when it wins and we denounce ( rather trample and trounce! ) it when it loses, we need to ask ourselves first how would it feel If we were treated in the same manner ?.

    Emotions and passions cloud reasoning. Even if he needs a break , I am all for it - Everybody needs a vacation in life at some point.

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz t20 world cup in SA: won by MSD as captain...1st one tri sreies in aus :won by MSD as captain icc champions trophy in eng: won by msd as captain.... as MSD captain last trip against NZ india won(NOT 2014) in NZ

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    its gud to hv virat this time, dhoni deserves a break, really tired of losing. time for india to invest in future.

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:50 GMT

    @ramz30380 U really are quite stupid, no offence. Dhoni is a bad captain cos he just is not a good fancy captain. Btw, Dada is the one who produced a team that could even beat BD as before we couldn't even beat them overseas! Dada created the epic team of Viru, Gautam, Laxman, Dravid, SRT and Laxman and bonded them. Who found MSD himself? Ganguly. Zak and I Sharma also were found by him in the Ranji Trophy. Dada btw won in Australia, England too. I can't believe u can even think of saying he's a good captain. Please virat become captain and make India aggressive again! We are forming into a meek team again after Dada (Remember the shirt flying off) showed India as a stronger, resilient team. They had some resolve. Even Gautam or Viru may do a better job!!!!!

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on February 20, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Actually if the real target is defending the 2015 WC then these tournaments should be used as a litmus test to extract the best 15 . DK should always remain the reserve wicketkeeper no matter what.

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:39 GMT

    And Failure at foreign soil can be reduced by having long series like tour starts with couple of warm up matches then 5 test matches and 7 ODIS and 3 T20s. I know its a long series if this kind of series comes ups then only we can decide who fits well in condition and for which role. And this kind of series has to be conducted regularly. And also we have to create a pace & bounce friendly track in india to get trainined well in those conditions. It will be suggestible that our players get used to play in a condition like Mohali & dharamsala where pace & swing be found predominantly. Even we can consider playing one/2 foreign players especially in pace department at ranji trophy level this will give exposure for the domestic players to face the pace in india itself. Even we can consider having ranji trophy at SA where our domestic players will get tested at that pitches.. At last after all BCCI is earning a lot from cricket in turn if they spent a little more our cricket will flouirsh

  • randikaayya on February 20, 2014, 18:35 GMT

    so he's finally being dropped

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    dhoni is best wicketkeeper batsman in all formats india evr had......if u dont agree than check record books........stop criticising dhoni for losses.......winning and loosing is part of game

  • nothingnew on February 20, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Who said Dhoni's captaincy in consistence in ODI ? He is consistance just only the flat pitches . did they win any match over NZ or SA ? Australia had great time in India . luckily MJ retested for Ashes otherwise you lose to the Australia in final odi .He is not good captain as people think . most people see his success in the India ,Outside of the India everything like empty pocket.saying bowlers are not doing great job ....... ? i felt that is his consistence blaming bowlers every time when lose the match .

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    Do Shd replace rohit and we can play binny too. Also high time we play amit mishra. Another unlucky player like Dk.

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    I totally agree with 619 deception. This is exactly what happens. Rohith is another example.

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:30 GMT

    time for kohli to prove his ability of being a good captain against 4 teams in one tournament. let's see if can do what dhoni was doing from past so many years

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    Wrong title of the article ... Dhoni is not out because of side strain infact he is out with mental strain ... Lol

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    ''I think there is as much truth in his being injured as much as there was in Mayappan being enthusiastic. ''

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    So Dhoni is being readied for IPL. Wish and hope he seriously injures himself in IPL. I personally don't want to see him play tests again!

  • ramz30380 on February 20, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    It is very saddening to see all nasty comments about MSD.... Why is he being hated so much? This man has been the best wkt keeper batsman for India and is the best finisher of the game in the shorter formats at the moment! He was the second best scorer in the just concluded ODIs in NZ after Virat for India.

    Ask any international captain whether he wud love to see Dhoni not playing a match - every one wud reply in the positive! His only flaw has been tht he is unable to win in tests abroad! But so did Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Azhar and Sachin!

    Ganguly had won 3 matches against Bdesh, 3 matches against Zimbabwe out of his 11/28 abroad test victories! Take those out he will have only 5/22.

    MSD has 5/23 test wins out of which one has been against Bdesh! For comparison take Bdesh victory out u will have 4/22. (so not much diff between Dada and him when taking on good teams!

    Please stop this MSD bashing! Probably ppl who bash here abt him dont know these figures....

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Being a MSD's Fan m dissapointed after this news without mahi indian team is vulnerable but still we cant underestimate this young indian team they can beat us (pakistan) and srilanka but All in all loss for indian team,, Get Well Soon Mahi

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    Being a Pakistani fan its a great relief seeing Dhoni out of the Asia cup as he is arguably one of the best players in one day cricket..

  • Monster25 on February 20, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    and Dk gets another shot. not many keepers to choose from would have prompted the choice. after the asia cup & world T20 , we have to bring gambhir back into the team. Rohit has been an enigma abroad as always. he does not deserve to play in the 2015wc. another cause of concern is fast bowling. we would have to play 4 pacers in the playing 11 in many games at the world cup. it would be a tough call playing jadeja and ashwin together. Zak needs to be preserved for the 2015 world cup, he certainly needs to work on his fitness. shami, zak, should be automatic picks. we still need to figure out who else to use. unadkat/ bhuvi/ yadav/ aaron/ ishant/ vinay/ mohit are the other probables. such a huge pool of bowlers , but none seems to be highly effective. with not many ODI's left for us before 2015, its gonna be tough to figure out the combination. the world cup "specialist" piyush chawla is also around. a destructive batsman down the order is also need. yusuf pathan comes to mind.

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    Ashwin needs to be out, dhoni is becoming a boring captain, need some entertainment in this Indian side

  • xylo on February 20, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    It is a good time for Kohli to test the waters again to make sure that he has tempered down his emotions and is willing to make cold-blooded intelligent decisions that led Dhoni to being a legendary captain in the short formats.

  • here2rock on February 20, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Much needed rest for Dhoni, this is the only way to get some rest for the superman,

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    And for those saying Dhoni is not a great finisher and not indispensable I would like to say that he is the best finisher in ODI in the world has 8000+ runs in odi s and is indispensable in ODI .If course same is not true for Tests. With him our constant shuffling of WK s till 2004 ended otherwise we would still be like Pakistan who unfortunately have not been able to unearth a keeper .

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:06 GMT

    BY Kohli captining, mishra get chance ahead of ashwin

  • bablankalhan55_youtube on February 20, 2014, 18:05 GMT

    My XI Pujara | Dhawan | Kohli | Rahane | Karthik | Binny | Jadeja | Mishra | Aaron | Kumar | Shami |

    no need of Dhoni...first and foremost he must come clean on ipl episode and then come back in the team...

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Hmm not sure if its injury or they are trying to experiment with Kohli giving Dhoni a rest. Not saying this is some conspiracy and its because of his abysmal performance as test captain . But maybe considering that Asia cup is a minor competition they would like to give virat a chance . No doubt Dhoni is one of the best one day players in the world in any condition. We don't see keeping lapses very often he can bat consistently and is captain cool in ODI s one of the most successful in India at least. He will be missed .Its not entirely a blessing but will give chance to a team India without Dhoni which is going to be an inevitable reality.

  • on February 20, 2014, 18:00 GMT

    without msd Asia cup can't imagine....msd out of cup with injury...very rare phenomenon which ever occur..something beside this. bcci trying something...whatever be this one put shut to few ppl mouth of saying drop msd as captain but very sure this team will miss a great finisher in team for sure..It will create big void space without mahi..but this gap needed in 2 ways..first let them all understand who is msd? n what ever tactics he tried n how he control his nerves and made team shine..of course they are thorns in rose yet we blossoms n felt fresh and other being mahi fan thinking time to rest since he is so hard playing round the year without rest..whatever be being Indian team fan n mahi fan want india to win but miss mahi in field..anyway all the best for team India. ..huge task for kohli n whole eye on him. ..He needs to control his nerves more since now he is a captain for Asia cup..Whatever be but very sure everyone will feel oh we miss mahi in team at this situation for sure

  • Collegefastbowler on February 20, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    It is time that Dhoni took a break. Give others a chance. There is no shortage of talent and skills, it is selection that is the problem and the persistence with players who are not delivering. No one should be indispensable and it should be perform or leave.

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    I think Dhoni captiencey record in Asian condition is very good..this is not good for Dhoni and also team..

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Dk is ideal player who will stabilize batting in middle order particularly abroad. He should play in playing XI for WC 2015. Almost every team has two wicket keepers in their XI. that will reduce their work load and there wont be any competence ,the two should only be complementing each others like de kock/devillers , boucher/devillears , P jawardene/sangakara , b.Mcculum/L Ronchi , b.Mcculum/Walting , matt prior/Bairstrow , Similarly hoping to see dhoni and DK complementing each other in playing XI in the coming years across all formats. It is indeed a great stress relief for dhoni. Groom Karthik now itself

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    all the best to virat kohli and Indian team. right time to prove his caliber as a captain.

  • 619decepticon on February 20, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    I wish to post an interesting observation..all of us think dhoni is a great finisher in odis..he can stay there till the end, hit some big sixes and in the end takes up india to a good score..this is all what seems..bt actualy its little different..fr example take a scenario, india batting first, 4 wickets down on 160, still 18 overs to go..now with nt too many wickets down, of a good batsman playes with a strike rate of 80 fr next 10 overs and go for the big shots later on, he could easily take teams score to above 280, may be 300 ...bt what dhoni does is interexting..initialy, he plays so slowly that his trike rate is only around 50, waits for the 46th over, and in the last 4 overs, hits about 4-5 big shots and the score of the team reaches upto 260..all of us dont think bt just believe how good a finisher dhoni is, and he gains the respct of fans al round the world.. Bt in the proces india actualy gets 20 runs less in the total..off late, all this has been very much frequent, and hence our scores which actualy should be 20 runs more than what they are, are easily chased down by opposition...this is the true story behind all this..in this, india keeps on losing gome after game and only 2 things increase, 1) our belief that dhoni is a gud finisher, and 2) dhoni's average..just think!

  • Ankarvi on February 20, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    Happy for DK. The most unluckiest guy has got a chance again now. Hope he plays well and become a permanent No4 in Indian team.

  • akash112001 on February 20, 2014, 17:47 GMT

    My team will be Rohit, Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Rahane, Karthik, Jadeja, Ashwin, Binny/Varun, Bhuvi & Shami. Bowling is a very big challenge for Kohli. Rohit is a local Bradman... No doubt that he will shine in this tournament. Pujara is slightly out of touch and Karthik's inconsistency should be running in Kohli's mind. Batting 2nd will be good for us.. Good luck India..

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    who ever thinking he is the best finisher .Dhoni is very selfish player.while chasing Hardly because of his batting 3 or 4 matches india won...How come he is best finisher

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 20, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    This is GOOD news for India. Dhoni gets his much needed rest and we get to see Kohli's captaincy skills on show. I don't think this will hurt India in any way. Sure, Dhoni has been one of India's most successful ODI players but he's a human after all. India are still one of the favourites to win the tournament even without MSD. Dinesh Karthik deserves this call up. He's been SUPERB in first class cricket in all formats scoring heaps of runs. I am sure he will cherish this opportunity. As far as captaincy goes, I am sure Kohli will be aggressive and smart. He was captain of the Indian U-19 team back in 2008 and he will bring a positive influence. I am EXCITED as an Indian fan at these developments. Bring it on !

  • barryrichardsfan on February 20, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    MSD is arguably an odi legend, so no question his consistency will be missed. Meanwhile another chance for DK to present his case for a batsman's spot even when Dhoni returns. Kohli didn't manage to give even one outing to Rasool in Zim, lets see what he does this time around. Personally he'd be eyeing 2 more hundreds in his kitty at least.

  • zaidvi on February 20, 2014, 17:42 GMT

    He is fit but has been sidelined - for the time being, though.

  • LUCKYBHAI on February 20, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Dhoni out of Asia Cup with side strain,,,,Not the real virtue of him been ruled out of the Asia Cup....the white wash against New Zealand and now Asia cup if he fails against Bangladesh & Pakistan he will lose his captain ship forever and virat will get it. a safe move my dhoni.. Shrikant and supremo of CSK...so they defended Dhoni as ashiwin was saved in New Zealand by this same selection panel..Looooooser dhoni ran away in bangladesh conditions also...

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:33 GMT

    DHONI has been avery good captain ,do not cucify him for losses,he will ensure we will get t 20 this year. BE PATIENT as he will deliver. moize

  • SachinRao on February 20, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    This might be a blessing in disguise.I wish Duncan Fletcher would also be injured. Only if we could have made some changes in the team such as including Rishi D. Samson would have been an interesting but risky pick considering he doesnt regularly keep. We need to watch out for Samson and Kuldeep Yadav. If they are groomed well, they could be good long term prospects. Virat has to make some strong decisions like picking Mishra, Binny and Aaron/Pandey. He has to look beyond proved non performers.

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    Dhoni might not be the best around in foreign conditions, but in Sub-continental conditions with Indian players, there will be very few who can beat Dhoni. India will definitely miss Dhoni in the Asia Cup. Whether the others can cover the gap - ?????

  • JustTalkCricket on February 20, 2014, 17:21 GMT

    India has got very good chance without MSD.

  • WorldCham_2011 on February 20, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    It will true test of Kohli to captain India against Pakistan and Srilanka lets see how he can handle the team as compare to last tour Zim which was like playing Ranji games.

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:19 GMT

    Instead of Kartik, they have to call Yuvraj, Raydu will keep, In palce of Dhoni

  • Coolcapricorn on February 20, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Besides MSD needing a rest, it is perhaps a blessing to try other candidates for the captaincy like Kohli. We have seen from our tours to both SA & NZ that MSD has been wanting that he is a poor captain outside the subcontinent or in conditions not subcontinental - which is precisely why we lost both the Test & ODI series on both these tours. Let us hope Kohli is more fair-minded than MSD in giving all the players in his squad a fair opportunity to try to win a place in the team rather than sticking with certain favourites!

  • Coolcapricorn on February 20, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Besides MSD needing a rest, it is perhaps a blessing to try other candidates for the captaincy like Kohli. We have seen from our tours to both SA & NZ that MSD has been wanting that he is a poor captain outside the subcontinent or in conditions not subcontinental - which is precisely why we lost both the Test & ODI series on both these tours. Let us hope Kohli is more fair-minded than MSD in giving all the players in his squad a fair opportunity to try to win a place in the team rather than sticking with certain favourites!

  • Coolcapricorn on February 20, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Besides MSD needing a rest, it is perhaps a blessing to try other candidates for the captaincy like Kohli. We have seen from our tours to both SA & NZ that MSD has been wanting that he is a poor captain outside the subcontinent or in conditions not subcontinental - which is precisely why we lost both the Test & ODI series on both these tours. Let us hope Kohli is more fair-minded than MSD in giving all the players in his squad a fair opportunity to try to win a place in the team rather than sticking with certain favourites!

  • Coolcapricorn on February 20, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Besides MSD needing a rest, it is perhaps a blessing to try other candidates for the captaincy like Kohli. We have seen from our tours to both SA & NZ that MSD has been wanting that he is a poor captain outside the subcontinent or in conditions not subcontinental - which is precisely why we lost both the Test & ODI series on both these tours. Let us hope Kohli is more fair-minded than MSD in giving all the players in his squad a fair opportunity to try to win a place in the team rather than sticking with certain favourites!

  • mihir_nam on February 20, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    I totally understand 7th March Supreme Court of India is going to open Mudgal report . There are few names from Current INDIAN team DHONI RAINA. Hope nobody is convicted or fans will loose interest in cricket. Same thing we thought in 2000 with Azhar Mongia and Ajay Jadeja ..7 March India will be in Middle of ASIA cup..good decision by BCCI

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    I really pity on those followers, who wants wants to win a team without performing from team members. I am following Indian team since 1978 and hardly find any cricketers who can stand in the league of MS to perform under pressure. He is our safest wicket keeper(if not the best),best finisher of the game.Since long time he carries the burden of the team alone, other team members come and play for himself and in the process contribute to the team. But MS plays for his team 100%, each time he comes out in the ground.It is the same expectation like Sachin will come out and hit a century every time. Yes we hardly win matches in Aus,Eng,SA but there were several reasons behind it, not MS is responsible.If in a team, first 4or 5 batsman will not make runs and our bowling is so pathetic, BCCI has to plan if the really want to win. First India should start using Kookaburra ball in domestic cricket, few pitches should assist fast bowlers and few spinners. So Batsmen should develop both skills.

  • hasanismailbd on February 20, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    Dhoni will be missed as a player. Time Will say that will he be missed as a captain..

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    good one.. vk is the future for india!

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma should have been given the opportunity to lead India in Asia cup. The reason is simple. Virat is the currently best batsman India having. I think the extra burden of leadership may affect on his batting performance. In WI Tri series Virat were captain for three match. And then in Zimbabwe 5 matches. If we analise Virats leadership performance, in IPL Virats batting performance was not upto the high standards what we are watching him performing as a batsman. Definately extra burden of leadeship affected his batting performance. Same thing may happen in Asia cup too. On the other hand Rohit is the perfect captainship material. MI won IPL and CL under Rohits leadership. Plus Rohits batting performance as a captain is far better than any other. He is cool minded. In last NZ tour in practice match he scored nice 59 leading side. I still remember last IPL final. Hassy & Rainas crutial wickets were captains wicket, Rohit gave Malinga first over. Whatever. ATB Virat India

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Everone talking about Ms Dhoni "The captain" but India going to miss badly dhoni "The batsman".No one in the team apart from kohli knows how to finish the game.

  • on February 20, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    India should go for a Senior captain. When you have a Junior captain then players like Pujara, Rohit, Rahane and several juniors are competion for the Captaincy spot.

    Australia had a plan like Waugh who was better than average batsmen but a Senior Mature player.

    Players who are currently senior are being ignored and the politics with junior player to become the captain become had to control.

    The reason why Waugh, GC Smith, Wadekar, Ganguly and Pataudi are better choices is because of maturity, age, education, handling the players, part-time mental guidance is a factor.

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    dhoni is much more valuable as just a player in my view... I guess the selectors need to slot in kohli as the skipper and allow dhoni to play as any other player ... that way he will concentrate more on his own batting and keeping skills... even kohli has shown that he can do the job while captaining RCB so he s worth a try... when greats like sanga can play under Mathews even dhoni can play under a younger skipper... no question of ego here... he can always help him out when the going is tough...

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Right time to get yuvraj gambhir back in odi wake up selectors/ BCCI

  • myStraightTalk on February 20, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Why this injury was not told to media during the 2nd test match. Why after the match? Does he need some time to prepare for the IPL? Needed some investigation by the media and not by the BCCI as they support Dhoni. If Karthik perform well with the bat and glove then we may not need Dhoni.

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    I think Dhoni taking some break from cricket and sure he will be available for World T20 which is more important than Asia cup, He will back soon and produce a magical touch once again, All the best Virat, for Asia cup....

  • sharat_sd on February 20, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    It's time for kohli to take over captaincy from MSD in all formats....and also itz right time for MSD to retire from all formats....

  • prasanna_79 on February 20, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    I think dhoni's unavailability is a setback as far as his batting and finisher's role in ODIs but a blessing in disguise for Team India..!! Come on DK.., this is your best chance to prove your real worth..,treat every match as if your life depends on it.., pl avoid being cheeky at the start of your innings.. Kohli pl give all the players a fair chance and be positive.., pl look to attack and take wkts.. Trust your bowlers..& reap the rewards.. Bring the cup home and give the selectors the confidence to try you again when need be.. ALL THE BEST GUYS..

  • mensan on February 20, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Nothing to worry. He will be super fit for IPL.

  • sidhantgarg on February 20, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    I understand people's emotions regarding Dhoni and his recent performances abroad but we have to remember Dhoni is one of the best limited overs ever and his record in the sub continent is fantastic as a captain. So I don't think it's a particularly good news as I think the batting loses a lot of its firepower. There are good batsmen in the side but there is no one who could get you a 100 runs in the last 10 overs on the face of it.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 20, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    Sanju is not keeping in first class matches as well as u19 world cup.

  • ProdigyA on February 20, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    Nobody to be blamed except Dhoni for his injury. This is what happens when u go in with 2 and half (Zak) fast bowlers and half spin bowler (Jadeja) in a test match. Then be ready to do 540 (90*6) sit ups continuously for 4 days.

  • Omarrz on February 20, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    Actualy it is very good news for Pakistan. Dhoni has regularly hurt Pakistan a lot with his stubborn batting.

  • vipinchirackal on February 20, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    huge blow for the team.he is undoubtedly the best finisher in the sub continent.kohli has never proved he is a good captain.neither at the eight matches he lead nor in the ipl.this is high time you stopped experimenting with karthik.sanju samson has already proved he has the quality to play for national team.if you are not picking a batsman when he is at the top of the form when do you plan to give him a chance.at spin bowling we have no other option.we dont have any spin bowler who comes any where near to aswin or ojha.rasool has been a failure in the entire renji matches

  • Iceman29 on February 20, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    No dhoni means...less chance to Jadeja, Raina, Ashwin, Rohit, Ishant....Gosh the whole Indian team...this should have happened in the over overseas...subcontinent is where Dhoni thrives...anyhow we will be able to see new players..

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    Whenever India is whitewashed in a series outside India he gets injured. Weird

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    my playing eleven dhawan rohit kohli pujara rahane binny jadeja ashwin ishwar p kumar shami

  • DD_f0rever on February 20, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    @ musab

    We tooo love DHONI......No one can replace him in ODIs and T 20s..But some of the Ind fans are frustrated with fact tht he is unable to win us test matches abroad. Also his record as captain as well as batsman in Tests "overseas" is not good.

    however, when it comes to shorter formats he everyone's favorite.

  • boss00001 on February 20, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    @bablankalhan55_youtube You cannot be serious when you leave Rohit Sharma out of the team for Binny considering the sort of runs he has got in the subcontinent in the recent series played and leaving Ashwin will also be a bad choice as he is well suited to these conditions. I hope that you do reconsider your thoughts.

  • screamingeagle on February 20, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Doesnt matter, the batting can be quite OK in the SC. I am kinda sick of Dhoni anyway by now. Jaded, I think, he is. But I shudder to think about the lethal Indian bowling......

  • Ibrahim_Pak on February 20, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Dhoni no doubt is a silent victorious n all down to earth, respect for him , i wonder how could indians criticize a true cricketing warrior like Dhoni, of course being a paki i wanna see team pak winning Asia Cup but im sure all cricket fans including me gonna miss MS Dhoni.

  • Gumshuda on February 20, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    Well, this is not a good news for India. Dhoni is a fighter and is an intellegent captain and a genuine leader. I can not imagine India winning the Asia Cup without his extremely talended skills. BTW, since India has been loosing for a while now and are exposed with poor cricketing performance abroad (recently India and SA), it does not matter if they loose this time on sub-continent pitches facing teams like Pakistan and SL, the real giants!! Good luck.

  • glen1 on February 20, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    Dhoni should take the ten days and come up with a major declaration that he will not keep wickets in test cricket. Indian bowlers cannot take twenty wickets and hence he will have to keep for almost five days. After this, the selection committee should convince Dhoni that he should preserve his energies for one-day cricket and world cup. Slowly, but surely, they should help him retire from test cricket and eventually campaign for getting him the Bharata Ratna. He can definitely play one-day cricket as long as he performs.

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    Some how, It came in my mind in the morning.. I was thinking Dhoni is injured and VK is leading the team with DK coming in as replacement. And obviously I thought India winning the trophy too. But I doubt if Dhoni is really injured or simply scares of injury with IPL in the mind of BCCI. Hope the not the case of IPL.

  • Ranjit_sourav on February 20, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    @Saurav Jain, Its a Good point, Even Gavaskar insisted the same while commentating in recently concluded NZ series, How long will it take Dhoni to trust Jadeja as a batting allrounder rather a bowling allrounder, Scoring 3 triple hundreds is not a joke even on flatter tracks. As that guy has the technique to occupy the crease and I would say he is the 3rd best Batsman in current Indian team to play short balls after Kohli and Dhoni. Simply wasting a batting talent by sending him at No.8.

  • Solid_Snake on February 20, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    Is Dhoni really injured or he is too scared to lead his team in Asia Cup? Scared of losing to BD just like last Asia cup..lol

  • Sameeratennakoon on February 20, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    India will miss their one of inform batsmen out of two. He has been the game finisher for India and the man who carries all the weight of the team when whole team collapse. One positive thing is that India can get some fresh mind set with a new captaincy. No doubt kohli is a great player but his big scores are useless since they manage to overcome the opposition. Hope India can override some minnows in Asia cup and rain out their drought of victories. Teams like Pak SL and BD are most likely in finals other than India.

  • widelongon on February 20, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    as the saying goes "captain is as good as the team and the team is as good as the captain" here we have a good captain in the form of dhoni but not a good team. Gambhir, Sehwag and Harbhajan are good players but the politics in the team, non cooperation between these players and dhoni is hurting the team India. These players have proved themselves everywhere and if there is a coordination between dhoni and all those then no matter whether its subcontinent or outside, it will be a strong and champion team but alas.........

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    i don't understand why indian fans bash Dhoni... In my opinion he is the best wicket keeper batsman india has ever produced. He has won so much for India. Being a Pakiatani team fan i would not want Dhoni in the opposition any day.

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    Like we believe that Dhoni is injured. BCCI did not wanted Dhoni to publicly withdraw from captaincy for the Asia Cup so they planned on the old school excuse of injury to save his honour. I think it is time for a new leadership. Dhoni has lead India to many historic victories and he deserves all the respect in the cricketing world. But like always a time comes when things have to move on. India need some aggression from the top tier and now they have got that in Kholi. My best wishes to him in leading India to the Asia Cup.

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    samson was suppose to be the right replacement..dhoni is absence huge blow for india ...he is an asset in lkmited over cricket...real match winner..

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Dhoni's injury may be a ruse invented by the selectors (with his agreement) to begin phasing him out as 'el capitan'. Or he may truly need the medical layover. Either way, it is a good opportunity for India to check out what the team can/cannot do without him as captain. And the subcontinent is the safest place to try out this scenario. India has to start building the new-look team NOW if they want to be taken seriously at the World Cup otherwise Australia will probably lift the trophy.

  • Rudy17 on February 20, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    good to see that dhoni stepped out of the team saying that he s injured. as every other indian players who have played for years they dont consider as dropped rather they just say injured. its dhoni this time. this is shame. how come no one knew abt this when the test got over??? shame on DHONI.....!!

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Like we believe that Dhoni is injured. BCCI did not wanted Dhoni to publicly withdraw from captaincy for the Asia Cup so they planned on the old school excuse of injury to save his honour. I think it is time for a new leadership. Dhoni has lead India to many historic victories and he deserves all the respect in the cricketing world. But like always a time comes when things have to move on. India need some aggression from the top tier and now they have got that in Kholi. My best wishes to him in leading India to the Asia Cup.

  • StreetView on February 20, 2014, 16:17 GMT

    Dhoni and Kohli are the best ODI players we have and this a huge blow for India. But since it is in the sub-continent the damage will not be so huge. No idea why some people are happy. Dhoni is an average test player, but is our best ODI player undoubtedly.

  • gladiatorgannicus on February 20, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    will be a huge test for Kohli and also batting. Dhoni is the best finisher in the game(odi) all over.he may have not scored too many in tests abroad but in odis he has scored in Aus,WI, recently in SA and NZ too.he was the most consistent batsman in the odis in both the tours.Kohli has captained well for RCB, hope he wins the Asia cup.

  • AamirKhan-SuperStar on February 20, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    Oh well now India still needs MSD in one dayers. No matter how bad his test form or captaincy form is currently but in a tournament like this you need the best finisher in the game to play. Not really a big fan of Dhawan, Rohit or Rahane who are very talented but not so bankable yet. I am sure Virat will bring new ideas so Pujara and Binny may get more games.

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    For all the cricket fans clamoring for Sanju Samson replacing MSD, please have patience. Samson is a very good talent with exceptional atitude. However, he is right now playing for U-19. There are gradual steps you take to get into the Test squad. A few years of Ranji, India A tours and other matches. A Tendulkar [or even a Kohli] happens only once in a blue moon. It is not right to put pressure on a young talent and ruin his confidence and then discard him. And, please also note Samson is not keeping for Kerala, it is N Surendran nor U-19 [A K Bains is the keeper]. It is not fair to expect Samson to pick up Gloves and perform at the highest level. Please take a deep breath and let this talent bloom slowly. I am sure of the present U-19 Samson and Zol will be heard a lot in the coming years.

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    It is a huge worry for team india because of their leaders absence. To pick karthik is fine decision at this moment.

  • on February 20, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Good News. It will allow us to experiment

  • Ranjit_sourav on February 20, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Without Dhoni, Indians will suffer on these sub continent pitches, As track record for Indian bowlers in last 10-15 matches suggests they have given 300+ in almost every game. Rayudu,Dk,Pujara and Rahane cannot accelerate the innings at a good pace even when they get up a slow start, where Dhoni is great in doing that. Now its a heavy Burden for Virat Kohli, seems he is a only match winner in the team now leaving Dhoni,Yuvraj and Raina.

  • bablankalhan55_youtube on February 20, 2014, 16:02 GMT

    After a long time some good news for Indian fans..good for Indian teamthat dhoni is out of the team though for few weeks..Firstly Virat will be a wlcome change and hopefully there will be some changes by virat.hopefully Stuart Binny and Amit Mishra get chances ahead of regular flops rohit and Ashwin..Ashwin should have been dropped and Rasool should have been picked for Asia cup..All the best Virat and welcome back Dinesh Karthik(he should replace dhoni in tests permanently)...

    My XI Pujara | Dhawan | Kohli | Rahane | Karthik | Binny | Jadeja | Mishra | Aaron | Kumar | Shami |

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 20, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    guys please do not bring test specialist into your dream teams. please!! if you wanna do that why ignore vijay n zaheer. They have lso got the techniques and perfectness. guys it is chaps like us who get confused that they are actually made for the tests!!please DO NOT MIX UP. It will like destroy their whole career. As far as rahane is concerned he isn't test specialist but debuted odis far ago so he has far better understanding of shorter format than pujara.

  • boss00001 on February 20, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    My 11 would be 1.Dhawan 2.Rohit 3.Pujara 4.Kohli 5.Karthik 6.Rahane 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvi 10.Shami 11.Pandey

    This line up looks strong in batting and is likely to do good but they still need to prove their worth outside the subcontinent.

  • naadnat on February 20, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    no dhoni, no raina, no yuvraj.thank god asia cup is in bangladesh.typical subcontinental wickets.but guess what selective criticism is always problem with indian fans.if india loses asia cup they will blame it on jadeja and ashwin.hope people remember last time in asia cup why we failed to qualify for the final despite beating pak and srilanka, the 2 stronger teams.because of one man's selfish batting and not the team's bowling,in the match against bangladesh.

  • RapidCommentsPlz on February 20, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    guys please do not bring test specialist into your dream teams. please!! if you wanna do that why ignore vijay n zaheer. They have lso got the techniques and perfectness. guys it is chaps like us who get confused that they are actually made for the tests!!please DO NOT MIX UP. It will like destroy their whole career. As far as rahane is concerned he isn't test specialist but debuted odis far ago so he has far better understanding of shorter format than pujara.

  • SAURAVJAIN on February 20, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Why stuart binny is getting so much attention?He balls at 115 kmph like saurav ganguly.And he cannot bat like Dada.He is a bit piece of batsman who can make 20-25 fast runs.He cannot ball 10 overs quota.Afterall he is selected @ ordinary performance on the blessings of his father selector Roger Binny.... There are hundreds of players in India of his potential. Better a well established ODI allrounder and current leading spinner Jadeja who regularly completes his 10 over quota,allowed to bat @ No 5.He has shown very good batting signs right from champions trophy.He plays shot balls better than raina and have batting avg of 50+ in domestic which Ambati Rayudu or Dinesh Kartik or Binny do not have.....So why not let him bat @ No 5 which Gavskar,Ravi shastri and dada argued many times.

  • Temuzin on February 20, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Vijay Baskar : Very well said. But this team will suffer due to poor bowling and lose. I wish good luck to team India and Virat. He is a good player and i don't want him to be scarred due to defeats by poor bowling. MSD was soaking all the pressure and young batsmen were stabilizing themselves. MSD haters will now realize what is the real problem. Its the bowling. Changing a captain will not change anything unless we got 2-3 match winning bowlers. India has none at the moment. No one from replacement is a match winning. BCCI should start working on that. Till then haters will hate heroes who gave their nation so much joy by winning trophies with limited resources.

  • RAKSONRAJ on February 20, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Like someone said earlier , Ganguly is the best captain of the Indian Team and Dhoni is the captain of the Best Indian Team , and dhoni got all credit. did anyone saw dhoni placing fielders according to the bowlers strength and batsmen s weakness - never ever he did , he always follow the same old story and very conventional and defensive. look how steve , ponting , smith , abd ,mahela , ... everyone set the field according to the bowlers and batsmen s strength and weakness - they do homework before and after the match , and our hero just play the match. he himself told short term plans , which will not work all the time. I still remember Steve got sachin and Shewag with leg slip and asked jason gillespie to bowl leg side and got both the wickets - brilliant move. he is playing monopoly game . he kicked out all the seniors one by one including 2011 WC match winner Yuvi. definetely this transition is not a good sign but it happened.

  • jimbond on February 20, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    Huge blow for Indian chances as Dhoni was India's best limited overs batsman. However, the India selectors have missed a trick by selecting Karthik- they could have taken a risk and selected Samson instead- though his wicket-keeping is not of Karthik's standard, his batting is far better..

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    I actually think this is a good news for team India!!!

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Consider this situation..VK leads India to Asia Cup glory and DK emerges as the highest run scorer.. So will DK be dropped >???

  • Stark62 on February 20, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Well, that was out of the blue moon!!

    But then again, he is starting to grow white hair and he is starting to show his age, with his tactics and media comments.

  • bhushanB on February 20, 2014, 15:41 GMT

    Blessing in disguise...... Hope Kohli does not repeat the same mistakes with playing X1... want to see some fresh deserving faces in the team.... however since it is in sub-continent.. it does not really matter....

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    all those who r happy on dhoni's injury will b having their tail between d legs but seriously I hope India win d cup but with little margin so day dhonis imp is understood by every1

  • Temuzin on February 20, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Well earned break for Dhoni even though it is due to injury. He needs rest. He has been playing non stop cricket and that must be very tiring. I hope he will rejoin the team fully reinvigorated and play his brand of Dhoom Dhoom cricket.

  • atheros1672 on February 20, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    1. Dhawan 2. Rahane/Pujara 3.Kohli 4. Rohit 5.DK 6. Binny 7. Jaddu 8. Ashwin 9.Shami 10. Ishwar 11. Bhuvi/Aaron

    mix of explosive power and caution in the opening, followed by "the awesome" Kohli , Rohit needs to stabilize middle order in Dhoni's absense (Mumbai Indians kind of role), erratic DK, power and some quick runs in binny, followed by Sir Jaddu, useful Ashwin and the bowling dept.

    I want to include Mishra too considering tournament is in bangladesh (maybe at the expense of the most expensive pace bowler based on first ODI). He can bring in some more batting capacity too (compared to aaron/shami/bhuvi - dont know too much abt ishwar)

  • drnaveed on February 20, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    On fast , bouncy wickets, helpful to swing bowling , as in SA and NZ recently , India , played with just 3 seamers ,but now , in BD for the Asia Cup ,where one can just play with couple of fast and medium pacers , supported by 3 to 4 spinners ( including part timers ) , most of the Indian fans have selected 4 fast and medium pacers in their playing dream eleven.i don't think , one need that number of fast bowlers in BD .

  • Haleos on February 20, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    whoever suggest karthik before rahane in the batting order has to be a serious TN fan. Karthik after initial success has been a dud. hope he regains form. Noone can replace Mahi in ODIs. All the people happy with MSD exclusoin look at his ODI record. He and Kohli are amongst the best finishers.

  • ravimenon on February 20, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    I thought the selectors would have gone with Sanju Samson had he not playing in U19 WCUP. But, otherwise DK is the only option they got.

  • shrastogi on February 20, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Dhoni's absence is a blow to India's chances not so much as a skipper (considering his recent form and strange decision making in picking the team) but as a finisher. Dinesh Karthik is not even a patch on him. But considering that we are playing in subcontinent hopefully the flat pitch Hayden, Gilchrist and Ponting that we have (Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli himself - I'm a bit harsh on Kohli) we may be able to show some form that was absent in SA & NZ. Hopefully Kohli would show some impatience in team selection which was absent in past some time in the name of backing players. Hopefully we may also see non CSK players also getting confidence of captain.

  • Mr_Anonymous on February 20, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    Sad, however, Dhoni has one of the highest workloads in the game of cricket. I think it is a good opportunity to see how the side does without him. While his overseas captaincy in Tests maybe unsatisfactory (compared to his otherwise high standards), there is no disputing his important presence and value as a player in the limited overs formats (ODIs and T20s). I think this is a good time for some rest for him though.

    It is good to see the talented Dinesh Karthik get a chance. I think Karthik should still be a part of the WC 2015 team.

  • SRAM20 on February 20, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    Its good that Dhoni is missing out on a ODI series played in the subcontinent. Our players should feel far more comfortable in the subcontinent, and so the impact of Dhoni's loss will be minimal. but still, losing Dhoni in a ODI series is big. He is the best finisher there ever was (even better than Bevan). If India get into trouble in the Asia Cup, they will most definitely lose it because Dhoni is not there.

  • Raki99 on February 20, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    We are gone miss Dhoni for the ODI's he is one of the Best batsman in the world when it comes to ODI's.

  • cricktwins on February 20, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    My team for asia cup 1. dhawan 2. Rohit 3.Rahane 4. Kohli 5.Rayudu 6.Karthick 7.Binny 8.Jadeja 9.Ashwin 10. bhuvi 11. Shami

    5th bowlers are kohli and binny.. India's strength lies on batting.. so I chose heavy batting side with little bowling.

  • kricet_fan on February 20, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    my 11: Dhawan pujara kohli rohit ajinkya DK binny jadeja ashwin b.kumar shami

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    It is very good MS Dhoni is out of the Asia cup , people like to see him out of the cricket very soon, it is better for India

  • Sachit1979 on February 20, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Good litmus test for Kohli's captaincy. Dhoni got one such opportunity years ago and became first t20 champion in world Cricket. Is it that moment for Kohli?

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    @vishal63 : I will consider a small change in your team since kohli is the captain ;) he wont be giving chances to rohit sharma like dhoni did. And I hope he will put rahane as opener. So my team is.... S. Dhawan, A. Rahane, V. Kohli, A. Rayudu, D. Karthik, S. Binny, R. Jadeja, R. Ashwin, M. Shammi, V. Aaron, I. Pandey.

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    This is an awesome opportunity for DK. He is always a very consistent batsmen, but he was dropped just for bringing Yuvi in. But now since Yuvi is out and Raina is also not there, hence DK will provide stability at the top of the innings. Good to see him back. Pujara might get a change to play and we all know how much reliable he is. Indian top order needs reliability more than anything else.

    Also the positives from the NZ tour was undoubtedly Rahane.

    Many eyes would be on performance of both Rohit Sharma and Ashwin because of their recent lack of form, but since this is subcontinent hence both are expected to perform good in these conditions.

    Pujara might get his debut. But that is hard to comment on just right now.

    This is my pick for the XI : Batting lineup upto no. 8, 3 spinners, 2 seamers.

    Rohit | Dhawan | Kohli | Pujara | Karthik | Rahane | Ashwin | Jadeja | Amit Mishra | Kumar | Shami

  • Achint_India on February 20, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    We Indians always support or rely on a single personality. We should think of team first rather than any specific personality no matter how great he is. My all time favorite cricketer is Kapil Dev. He is unmatched. He was the fierce cricketer/sportsman. But I won't ask him to come and lead Indian Cricket team as his time has passed. Dhoni is leading well. So I like him. Tomorrow someone else will lead team india and if that guy leads team India the way dhoni is doing i will support him too. If Dhoni loses his charm, i will stop supporting him.

  • KrisRam77 on February 20, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    A welcome break for MSD whatever the reason may be it is for.. DK should capitalise on this and win back his ODI spot as Yuvi and Raina are not performing consistently. DK should remember 50's wont do 100's are required. Good Luck to VK and Team India for the Asia Cup.

  • CricketMaan on February 20, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    A ploy to duck media in the ongoing investigation. Although I trust Dhoni to be clean, its just to keep him away from sometimes annoying Indian and Asian media. I guess that also the reason why Raina was dropped. Raina in asian conditions was always a bonus, but Srini wanted to keep both away from media. Lets hope for sake of good cricket and indian cricket these 2 come out clean! We lost Sree to unnecessary greed. Sree in SA, NZ would have been more than handy! And Kholi gets another chance to stake his claim after WC 2015. Its a good oppurtunity coz its a big stage and following WC he will be expected to lead in all 3 formats, although i believe he should not be burdened in T20s.

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:21 GMT

    Without a doubt big blow to Indian team.. Lower order looks very week, with the kind of bowling attack, Indian team must have strong batting line up till no.8. I wish all the best for Virat.

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Obviously, team is looking weak in mahi's absence. But nevertheless, some time will soon come india should play without Dhoni, I personally believe, its time for young India to prove themselves now. No doubt, dhoni absence will be experienced in the battle. Its not b

  • venkateswarlu84 on February 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Best thing ever happened to Indian cricket team in recent times ... Hope he will go out of the Indian cricket permanently. Media and poor India gave him insanely over hype. India will be a better team if they bring 1) Cricketing knowledge and unbiased selection members to BCCI 2) Removal of 2-3 dummy players present in the present team

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Big blow for Indian Team. India will surely miss him a lot

  • venkateswarlu84 on February 20, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    Best thing ever happened Indian cricket team in recent times ... Hope he will go out of the Indian cricket permanently. Media and poor India gave him insanely over hype. India will be a better team if they bring 1) Cricketing knowledge and unbiased selection members to BCCI 2) Removal of 2-3 dummy players present in the present team

  • kapilesh23 on February 20, 2014, 15:16 GMT

    Dinesh Kartik called again as a replacement keeper, I don't think that even he himself would be surprised. This must have become an everyday chore for the player.

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    To all those of you who are continuously persisting with DK, he has played 67 odi's and has managed runs at an average of 28. How is that even close to MSD? Look at MSD and look at him. Msd is also a better wicket keeper. He plays cricket non-stop and hardly takes any break. No matter how much people criticize him, he has and will be the best wicket keeper batsman India has ever had. Look at dk 23 test at an average of 27, I mean if this guy can't play in subcontinent i don't think he can be any better overseas.

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    !)dhawan 2)rohit 3)pujara 4)kohli 5) DK 6)jaddu 7)binny 8)ashwin 9)aron 10)shami 11)ishwar/bhuvi please say no to rahane and rayudu, rahane is good for test please don't even think about him for one day ,soon raina or yuvi will be back for that spot for WC so please accommodate binny and aron in the squad and see how they do. i hope ishwar will at least get a game ,if team india insist on rahane on the 11 means the only replacement should be ashwin ,beacuse theroad to the world cup is on the pacers need to get set so go with 3 pacers

  • jee1 on February 20, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    My team India XI for Asia cup:- 1)S Dhawan 2)Rohit Sharma 3)Virat Kohli 4)Dinesh Karthik 5)Ambati Rayudu 6)S Binny 7)R Jadeja 8)R Ashwin 9)M Shami 10)Bhuvi 11)V Aaron

    12th man: Rahane/Pujara

    See the lower middle order..Unproven batsman in there..If Dhoni was present,India had a good chance of posting good score at the death..Still,all the best for this 'young' Indian team..

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    Without Dhoni India looks vulnerable when it comes to absorbing the pressure and finishing the game.Thus Kohli has added responsibility.Also this will be Karthik's last chance of cementing the place in Team India.

    My pick for Team India : 1) Dhawan 2) Pujara 3) Kohli 4) Rahane 5) Jadeja 6) Karthik 7) Binny 8) Ashwin/Mishra 9) Kumar 10) Shami 11) Aaron

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    my Xi for asia cup

    rohit ,dhawan, virat rehane rehane ( rayadu/pujara/binni) d.k,jdeja ashwin,(bhuvi/pandey) ,aron,shammi

  • murthydn16 on February 20, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Dhoni is a good one day player who can change the course of the match. As a captain he may be defensive in test matches but he makes things happen in one dayers. With out him, team looks a bit weak.

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    Wow what a news salute for Indian selector to take such bold decision if new captain can unite a team now each individual can contribute for match winning cause. Dinesh Kartik deserves a place wow wow I think this Indian team is certainly the most balance team with a honest and aggressive captain. I hope India will play lot better and dhoni will not come back.

  • on February 20, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Who will be vice captain now?

  • Jury on February 20, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    He's 50% of Indian Cricket. Without Dhoni, Indian team will struggle to beat even Bangladesh.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Dhoni's injury is a blessing disguise for India, may be he is protesting for the outing of Raina. Hope India play positive cricket under the captaincy of kohli and bring back asia cup

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    A big blow indeed. While people are criticizing his captaincy for the tour of NZ, why dont they appreciate that he batted solidly in the ODIs. If criticizing still persists, I suggest that Kohli captain the team, while Dhoni continue to play (in future in general), in all forms of the game. In the nutshell, in future, Dhoni the captain may or may not be there, but Dhoni the batsman is here to stay.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    DK can actually be a very good replacement for Raina in the long term. Without Raina, the lower middle order looks a bit short on firepower. Ashwin hasn't really shown any deal of firepower (except for that blazing innings in Auckland) and Jadeja is still hit-or-miss. Dhoni struggles to attack certain types of bowlers (leg-spin, left arm spin, left arm fast). Therefore the lower-middle order can definitely be bolstered by the presence of DK.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Should pack the team with batsmen who can hit big...chances are every game will be a 350 plus chase for India...if they bat first...they should post at least 400..otherwise India will crash out in no time...

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    If VK wins Asia cup all will start to say VK is better than MSD this is what happened for MSD when he lifts Wlt20 in 2007 with young team like MSD new dimension to indian team blah balh.... After 4 to 5 years VK is gonna taste wat MSD is getting now..... Forgetting past is a National disease in India . I hate those MSD haters

  • yoohoo on February 20, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Doubt India will even make it to finals now. And all those dhoni haters will get a glimpse of why dhoni is such a great captain.

    Easy to criticize him, tough to emulate his success.

  • sergio11 on February 20, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    I think Dhoni deserve some rest...its not about winning Asia cup..it about defenting the WC..making a team ready for that..i always felt DK is the right guy to bat at 4 or 5..now he got a terrific oppertunity..he got to step up....he's got everything..talent,technique....lets hope DK does well...all the very best DK..

  • AnupamRaj on February 20, 2014, 14:50 GMT

    Big loss for India for the tournament. There can be no replacement for Dhoni's batting in ODIs and his Charisma on field. India will be playing with only one match winner now -> VK.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:49 GMT

    Dhoni's style is neither defensive nor aggressive. He is refreshingly unconventional and follows his nose without too much rationalization. He has been vindicated on numerous occasions. Just give him a chance to go wrong once in a while.

  • joe7sanchez on February 20, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    great to have DK in the side...hope he stays this time but, but i dont think india can compete without dhoni...he was a force in the batting....without good opening partnership its hard to win the matches without dhoni.....

  • jee1 on February 20, 2014, 14:48 GMT

    I am disappointed with Dhoni's non-availability for Asia cup..However defensive and toothless Dhoni's captaincy was in Tests,he is still 1 of the best captains in ODI's..And also,as the tournament is held in subcontinent pitch,he would have been much more confident and efficient..And don't forget,he is still the best ODI finisher at present..So,it is a loss to Indian ODI team..Other than Kohli,only he is the hope for Indian team in ODI's..Now team's lower middle order is very weak..Jadeja can be very inconsistent,and Karthik won't bat at No.7 .. So,we need a good finisher in the team..And Binny is the best choice available for that role in the squad.Hope he gets chances in the team(and proper chance,not just 1 over or no batting)..

    All the best to Kohli and team..This is Kohli's 1st major International series as captain of the senior ODI team.. WIn that cup,India!!!

  • devilznitein on February 20, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for India..... Best news in a long time. The only thing i see negative in kohli is he is a bit too expressive and this might not play well with a few members. But this is a young team and his approach might give a lot of fresh air to the players. For instance Ashwin and B. Kumar who are exciting prospect, if you see the field set for them it is too defensive. With kohli from what i saw in his u -19 captaining he is a attacking captain who goes for wickets, this will do a lot of good to players like B. Kumar & Ashwin. Good luck is also showering on Karthick, going for 12 crs in Ipl and automatically getting to the Indian team, hope it continues and he plays excellently.

  • Vishal63 on February 20, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    BEST XI for Asia Cup:

    1. Rohit Sharma 2. Shikhar Dhawan 3. Virat Kohli (capt) 4. Ajinkya Rahane 5. Cheteshwar Pujara 6. Dinesh Karthik (wk) 7. Ravindra Jadeja 8. Stuart Binny 9. Ravichandran Ashwin 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11. Mohammed Shami

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Its a Sad news for me...Dhoni is one of the most favourite player among others in INDIAN team..he is a genuine striker of the ball and a good captain as well..I dont know why indian fans are happy for dhoni's replacement as a captain with kohli?? all indian fans should not forget those moments when Ms Dhoni leads your team to glorious success in Wc 2011, world T/20 and other achievements! i always critise on indian team's poor performances but this time i really feel sorry for Dhoni..i know BCCI wants to replace him as a captain and Dhoni's minor injury is claimed as big injury so he cannot play ASIA CUP..its all about BCCI..They want to step down Ms Dhoni as a captain...A (Broken Heart) Pakistani Fan...

  • DD_f0rever on February 20, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    India's playing XI according to their batting positions.

    1. Dhawan 2. R. Sharma 3. Kohli (c) 4. Rahane 5. DK (wk) 6. Rayudu 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. B. Kumar 10. Aaron 11. Shami

    Since Dhoni won't be there, so we need a Big Hitter down the order who also posseses the abiltiy to finsih the match, that's why Rayudu at No. 6, although he comes no where when it comes to Big Hitting like Dhoni does, but he has the experience of playing for MI and finishing the matches. In Dhoni's absence Jadeja has a role to play as well. He will need to bat more sensibly along with scoring quick runs as it has been seen in past he throws away his wicket after hitting a SIX.

    Plz no Pujara in line-up. I knw he is most technically correct batsmn in our side but this is sub-continent whr Fast Bowlers won't be tht effective.

    Aaron deserves to play. Last tour he clocked 150 kmph n bowl consistently around 145kmph. He'll trouble the opposition batsmen most. If Ash looks outta touch, Mishra shld be bruoghtt in

  • yogicoolboy on February 20, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    hope dhoni recovers soon. We need him Wc-t 20

  • nirvana_1959 on February 20, 2014, 14:42 GMT

    Finally Karthik will get his chance...

  • jaguar7777 on February 20, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    good for indian cricket . no biased selection and rigid ideas.amit mishra will get a chance to perform.injured or not is a good sign for indian cricket that he needs to stay away for some time

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Surely looks like a blessing. Dhoni needs to refresh his skills of a captain. He has already re molded the team, team will miss only his finishing abilities. His absence is a loss of more than a player. lets see how critics take this opportunity.

  • yogicoolboy on February 20, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    India is gonna miss dhonis Experience as he is good finisher. Anyways a break will help him. Good luck team India do well. All the best to kohli. It is also good chance for other players to prove themselves. Hope Dk does well

  • Abbas67 on February 20, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    This will make a awkward settled playing XI - Dhavan Rohit Kohli Pujara Rahane Karthik Jadeja Mishra Bhuvneshwar Ishwar Shami ! Dhoni's absence will manke any side look a bit weaker !

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Good news finally... All the best VK and DK :)

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    A chance for Virat to prov himself as a capable captain of Team India.The last time Virat captained India was against Zimbabwe,where you expect India to win regardless of the captain.Stuart Binny will have to take the responsibility of finishing the innings along with Jadeja. Karthik's contributions as a middle order batsman will be as important as his works behind the stumps.Overall it looks like a good opportunity for the fans to see how India performs without their ever dependable MS Dhoni. #Bleed_Blue!

  • Naresh28 on February 20, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Dhoni is good in the shorter versions. His loss will be felt. Dhoni should handover the baton in Tests. He is playing far too much and hence his injury. I am happy with Karthik decision.He needs a longer rope. He was discarded to quickly.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    A blessing in disguise for Indian team. Let's see the guts of Virat Kohli and Dhoni seriously needed some rest after a very long run of games in all three formats!!

  • Great_Lion on February 20, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    now this can be very interesting.Indians are without there captain and also the best finisher in the world. Kohli will be the only match winner remaining for india.This is not helping for india and they are in a real risk for loosing everybody.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    Big blow for India, but Kartik is a more than useful replacement. As a neutral, it will be interesting to see how Kohli marshalls the Indian ODI unit which was beaten so comprehensibly by the BlackCaps recently.

  • Haleem_Hudhayfah on February 20, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Will VK prove himself ?? Lets Wait and C and DK is back in action too.....

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for the Indian team, irrespective of the short term results, we can hope to see some positive attacking captaincy. Some may argue in Asian conditions Dhoni's defensive style might earn more rewards, however I believe irrespective of that, attacking mindset with innovative field settings, can earn more rewards for India in longer run irrespective of formats and conditions. Win or loss in Asia cup is not going to matter much because of the sheer volume of limited over cricket coming up shortly, however Kohli's captaincy skills and tactical skills shall get tested against some tougher opposition like SL and Pak.

  • kricet_fan on February 20, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    wow thats great news!!! i am really happy that finally somehow the team management succeeded in dropping MSD. ALL the BEST to Virat Kohli. I hope he make sure that India wins the tournament by selecting proper playing 11.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    India might have a chance of winning now. Dhoni the defensive captain replaced by the young and aggressive Kholi. Karthik is a better batsmen and should have been in the team every time ahead of raina and yuvraj

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:27 GMT

    if dhoni is not there we will lose a lot of strength in finishing

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    None other than Excessive cricket is to be blamed, anyways its a good chance for DK to prove himself!!

  • Vikram_Rathore on February 20, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Better sense prevailed! I guess, they want to test Kohli out.... and its finally a great opportunity for Dinesh Karthik to cement his place in the side ahead of players like Rohit Sharma or his Mumbai counterparts, who average in mid-30s as specialist batsmen and still in the team, for god know how!

  • DD_f0rever on February 20, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Oh no ! What a Blow to Team Ind. However, at the same time a good opportunity for DK to cement his place in the side on the basis of his batting.

    Good Luck, Dhoni. Recover Quickly as we need you for WC T-20.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Will dhoni come back if India make it finals?

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    Good news. There is high chances to win Asia Cup this time and higher chances of Place of Amit Mishra in squad instead of Ashwin. Karthik will have to bat like Dhoni which he can do at No.7 rather than 4 or 5.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    good, finally he will get a break

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    may be its a blessing in discuise for india and a chance to look at how the future captain leads on placid bang tracks

  • dharam_16 on February 20, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Blessing in disguise for VK. Come on VK show us your aggression in Asia cup.. All the best!!!

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    well its great news. Kohli as captain is the future for indian cricket. yes we gonna miss dhoni odi batting and finishing roles but it will also give karthik soem more opportunity to showcase his finishing skills as well handelling pressure as he is gonna bat at dhoni's position. my team will be dhawan, pujara,kohli,nohit, rayadu,karthik,sir,ashwin,shami,varun ,ishwar pandey. pujara must open and nohit shud bat at 4 as in the middle overs he can rotate the strike a bit easily.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    thats good news....now we don`t have to listen "we are 30 to 40 runs short" there is improvement in team and ishwar panday is not ready to play international cricket yet because he take 3 wickets in pratice match............

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    so INDIA gonna play with zero experience??!!!

  • harykrishnan on February 20, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    fingers crossed for Dhoni's recovery by mar 16 !!

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    This will be a key test of Kholis leadership credentials . Not sure if India will lose its aura of Invincibility without the presence of Dhoni. However time will only tell

  • sachin_vvsfan on February 20, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    I welcome DK but one cannot ignore Dhoni's value in SC wickets esp in ODIs

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    good... he needs rest and has been playing a lot

  • sunny_18 on February 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Dhoni has been one of the greatest captain's of all time this game has seen. But, i think its for the best of Team India's interest that he be given some rest and someone else like kolhi be give the command. Seems like asia cup will be much more interesting now

  • balaji28 on February 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    The most deserved opportunity given to Dinesh karthik and he should utilize it properly and prove his capacity in keeping and batting. Dinesh karthik should retain his spot in future tours.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on February 20, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    India's chances have now vanished, Dhoni know how to captain in the subcontinent conditions better than Kohli.Kohli is just decent captain with a short temper

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Trust me.. India gonna win the series!!

  • srt_mkp on February 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    great test for Kohli now... Will be interesting to watch the team without the best finisher in a crucial tournament !!!

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Is this the beginning of a new era and to try the team minus dhoni if it is its both good and bad news

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    If MSD had given test captaincy to Pujara or Kohli he could have played in the format he is the king, He is the best in ODI of all 3 formats, and he should focus on ODi and T20 and take a break from Tests.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    kohli would not be able to play his natural game with the burden of captaincy and his batting could suffer. rohit sharma has better leadership qualities and he should have been given the captaincy and it would have also given him confidence he needs.

  • pramendra5389 on February 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    This is good as dhoni will get some rest before the World T20. Also we get to see how Virat performs as a batsman as well as how he leads the side.

  • yogicoolboy on February 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Big blow for India As India will miss him very dearly.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Now, it will be good to see how this new team will play without mentor-like dhoni. I Won't be surprised if we will be the first team to be knocked out.

  • nainil0683 on February 20, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Lucky Karthik. Has done nothing enough to earn the place. But because India doesn't have good wicket keepers, he is the obvious choice. It will be very tough for India without Dhoni. Hopefully all will not fall on Kohli's shoulders.

  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on February 20, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Nice! Not a bad thing really. It'll give all the Dhoni critics a chance to see how the team does without him and also give some good exposure to Kohli. Looking forward to it.

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  • John_Raj_Mohammad_Singh on February 20, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Nice! Not a bad thing really. It'll give all the Dhoni critics a chance to see how the team does without him and also give some good exposure to Kohli. Looking forward to it.

  • nainil0683 on February 20, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Lucky Karthik. Has done nothing enough to earn the place. But because India doesn't have good wicket keepers, he is the obvious choice. It will be very tough for India without Dhoni. Hopefully all will not fall on Kohli's shoulders.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    Now, it will be good to see how this new team will play without mentor-like dhoni. I Won't be surprised if we will be the first team to be knocked out.

  • yogicoolboy on February 20, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Big blow for India As India will miss him very dearly.

  • pramendra5389 on February 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    This is good as dhoni will get some rest before the World T20. Also we get to see how Virat performs as a batsman as well as how he leads the side.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    kohli would not be able to play his natural game with the burden of captaincy and his batting could suffer. rohit sharma has better leadership qualities and he should have been given the captaincy and it would have also given him confidence he needs.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    If MSD had given test captaincy to Pujara or Kohli he could have played in the format he is the king, He is the best in ODI of all 3 formats, and he should focus on ODi and T20 and take a break from Tests.

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Is this the beginning of a new era and to try the team minus dhoni if it is its both good and bad news

  • srt_mkp on February 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    great test for Kohli now... Will be interesting to watch the team without the best finisher in a crucial tournament !!!

  • on February 20, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    Trust me.. India gonna win the series!!