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Injured Dhoni misses Asia Cup

India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ruled out of the Asia Cup with a side strain.

Dhoni suffered the injury during the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington and has been replaced in the squad by Dinesh Karthik.

Virat Kohli will now skipper the side in the competition which begins in Bangladesh on February 25.

However, Dhoni is expected to be fit for next month's World Twenty20 which is being staged in the same country.

A statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India read: "MS Dhoni has been ruled out of the forthcoming Asia Cup to be played in Bangladesh in February and March.

"He sustained a Grade I left side strain injury during the course of the second Test against New Zealand. He will be undergoing rehabilitation for ten days.

"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has picked Dinesh Kartik as his replacement in the Indian squad for the tournament."