Dhawan to replace injured Vijay for Sri Lanka

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. Vijay 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 surgery. An injury on the left shoulder had also troubled Vijay during the home season.

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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