Under tremendous fire, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ruled out of the approaching Asia Cup tournament to be held in February and March in Bangladesh, due to injury.
Dhoni had injured himself in New Zealand during the second test, and now that he has been ruled out, Virat Kohli will lead the team in the upcoming tournament.
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel issued a statement that talked of Dhoni’s ‘Grade I left side-strain injury’, which is why he has been ruled out for the tournament and will be undergoing rehabilitation.
Dinesh Kartik, known for being the Tamil Nadu’s wicketkeeper, will replace Dhoni in the team according to the statement, which also stated that Kolhi will be in charge of captaincy. Kohli has been performing exceptionally well in recent years and has scored impressive knocks for most tournaments and matches abroad.
Contrary, Dhoni has been facing extreme criticism for his captaincy, especially after 0-1 defeat in the test series held in New Zealand. Of the 23 Tests where Dhoni has captained India, the team had won five matches, drawn seven and lost eleven.
Other teams of the Asia Cup Tournament include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Afghanistan will be debuting at the tournament this year that’s scheduled to start on 25th February with finals on March 8. India’s first match will be against Sri Lanka on 28th February, while the next match on March 2 will be against arch rivals Pakistan.