MS Dhoni has been ruled out of the Asia Cup 2014 after suffering a side strain during the recently-concluded series against New Zealand.
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India will now be led by Virat Kohli in that five-nation tournament which will be played in Bangladesh from next week. The selectors have also named Dinesh Karthik as the side's wicket-keeper in lieu of the injured Dhoni.
Dhoni's injury came in the second Test match of their series against New Zealand and it was diagnosed to be a grade-one strain to the side. He will need about 10 days of recuperation from now on after which his fitness could be assessed for the World T20.
One of the reasons that Dhoni will also welcome the rest is that he's been captaining the side in all formats since the start of this season in October last year and with a couple of important tournaments - World T20 and the Indian Premier League - to follow, it augurs well for the captain to take a break.
Kohli's previous foray as a captain of the side has seen him lead the Indian side in eight games and he has won seven out of them. Five of those wins came in a series against Zimbabwe. Karthik's previous international came last year in Zimbabwe after which he lost his place to Dhoni and hasn't played again. However, amid all that, he was one of those to be purchased over the IPL auction for a whopping sum of Rs.12.5 crore.
India begin their Asia Cup campaign on February 26 with a game against hosts Bangladesh. The final of the Asia Cup will be played on March 8 with the ICC World T20 starting March 21 in Bangladesh.