Published On: Mon, Jul 17th, 2017

Dhawan to replace injured Vijay for Sri Lanka

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M Vijay had suffered wrist and shoulder injuries recently © Associated Press

A wrist injury that had troubled M Vijay during the home series against Australia has resurfaced to rule him out of the upcoming Sri Lanka Tests. He will be replaced by Shikhar Dhawan in the 16-man squad. Viijay complained of pain in his right wrist while playing a preparatory match and the BCCI medical team has advised him to continue his rehabilitation programme.

Vijay had missed only one Test – against Australia in Bengaluru – out of India’s long home season of 13 and later revealed he had been playing with a fractured wrist. He was subsequently ruled out of the IPL and flew to the UK for a surgery.

Dhawan was originally left out of the squad despite his impressive form in the Champions Trophy last month, making way for back-up opener Abhinav Mukund. The two left-handers and KL Rahul, also returning from injury, will be India’s opening options for the three Tests beginning July 26 in Galle.

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