Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Dhawan to replace injured Vijay for Sri Lanka Test tour

Dhawan to replace injured Vijay for Sri Lanka Test tour

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan will replace injured Murali Vijay for the upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka from July 26. "The BCCI medical team has therefore advised that Vijay should continue his rehabilitation program", a BCCI statement read.

Having played for India in the series against England in 2016, Gautam Gambhir can certainly count himself unlucky to not have made it into the Indian squad to face Sri Lanka as a replacement for Murali Vijay. Available on Android and IOS.

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The Tamil Nadu opener, who sustained a wrist injury during the four Test series against Steve Smith-led Australia, complained of wrist pain during India's preparatory match. The 31-year-old, an ODI regular, has so far played 23 Tests in which he has 1464 runs at 38.52.

On the other hand, Murali Vijay has not played any competitive cricket since the end of the Australia Tests. Shikhar Dhawan came into the series on the back of some stunning form in the Champions Trophy, he struggled to get going in the Caribbean after the first couple of games.

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Dhawan had suffered a thumb injury in October and was ruled out of third and final Test against New Zealand.

After the Test series, India are scheduled to play five one-dayers starting August 20 before signing off with a lone Twenty20 on September 6.

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