India news February 20, 2014

Dhoni out of Asia Cup with side strain

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Som 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.....

  • Satish 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!

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

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

  • prasanna 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 --

  • SATISH CHANDER on February 24, 2014, 3:32 GMT

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

  • venkat 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.

  • ESPN 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

  • Akshaypv 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.

  • Abraham 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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