He chose to focus on India’s sensational T20 achievements including clean-sweeping Australia and coming from behind to defeat Sri Lanka.
With Parthiv Patel called up as cover for Dhoni, the contingent has five members from 2003 World Cup team.
There were no hints of Ashwin’s new action in nets during India’s practice session on eve of their Asia Cup opener.
Kohli and Rahane’s 213-run stand was talking point of India’s convincing run-chase against Bangladesh.
On skippers’ day out, Kohli’s ton heavier than Rahim’s as India beat Bangladesh by six wickets.
Mashrafe Mortaza feels that playing in front of home crowd would be a boost for Bangladesh in Asia Cup.
Dinesh Karthik went on to add that the team has an exciting bunch of youngsters who would be keen to do well.
For India, the build up to the 12th edition of Asia Cup has been quite similar to that of 2012.
Virat Kohli-led India will open their Asia Cup campaign on Wednesday against Bangladesh at Fatullah.
MS Dhoni’s eleventh hour withdrawal has thrown his new age successor, Virat Kohli, in at the deep end.
The enforced break though could very well be a blessing in disguise for Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
After Green Shirts lose to hand them WC berth,Sardar & Co beat Malaysia to make Asia final.
Unlike their opponents,the Indians will be high on confidence.