Dhoni to miss Asia Cup due to injuries

NEW DELHI: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian captain will miss the Asia Cup in Bangladesh as he was ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a side strain suffered during the recent New Zealand tour.

Virat Kohli will lead the Indian side in five-nation tournament which starts on Tuesday, while Dinesh Karthik will replace Dhoni as wicket-keeper, said a handout issued by Indian Cricket board.

The handout stated the Indian skipper Dhoni suffered a grade-one strain to his left side during the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington and will undergo a light treatment.

The Indian team returned from a devastating tour of New Zealand where it lost both one day as well as test series to hosts, who won the one day series by 4-0 and also clinched the two-Test series by 1-0.

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

India play hosts Bangladesh in their first Asia Cup match in Fatullah next Wednesday.

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