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India will miss Dhoni: Sunil Gavaskar

Posted on Feb 26 2014 | IBNS

Dhaka, Feb 25 : Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar on Tuesday said he feels that India will miss the service of skipper MS Dhoni in the ongoing Asia Cup.

"India is going to miss him massively. Apart from the fact that he just takes the game away from the opposition, it's the running between the wickets that he puts pressure on the opposition. So in all aspects I think he is going to be missed massively as a player in the team," Gavaskar told NDTV.

"Again as a wicketkeeper, he is top class. Not too many people give him credit for being the kind of wicketkeeper he is. But he is a tremendous cricketer and I just hope that whatever injury he suffered in New Zealand, he gets over that pretty quickly," he said.

Dhoni has been ruled out of the Asia Cup due to a side-strain injury.

Gavaskar said stand-in skipper Virat Kohli will be under pressure in the tournament.

"Virat (Kohli) will be under pressure. If he produces the results then it is a good start for him," he told the news channel.

"Captaincy, like anything else, is a role to be settled into. So to expect Virat to produce tremendous results might be going over the top. But if he does produce tremendous results it means that he has begun well," Gavaskar said.

"Yes, I think he will be under pressure because he realises that with the recent results that India has had there are a lot of expectations from him. There has been a lot of talk about Dhoni retiring as captain from one format and so maybe that is the reason why maybe Virat will feel a little more of the pressure," he said.

India will face hosts Bangladesh in their first Asia Cup match on Wednesday.

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