NEW DELHI: Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ruled out of the Asia Cup in Bangladesh.
The ouster is 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.
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.
On the other hand former captain Sourav Ganguly called Dhoni’s Test captaincy “obnoxious” while Rahul Dravid hinted his strategy was too timid to win in the five-day format.