Shikhar Dhawan to replace injured Murali Vijay for Sri Lanka tour

Shikhar Dhawan last played a Test for India in October 2016

Shikhar Dhawan last played a Test for India in October 2016

The Tamil Nadu right hander has not played any competitive cricket since suffering a wrist injury after the Australia series, which Virat Kohli's men won 2-1. Dhawan, who is a regular in the Indian ODI side, has played 23 Tests, averages 38.52 and has four Test hundreds to his name. Dhawan has not featured in India's Test team since playing New Zealand in October 2016.

Having missed the IPL to undergo shoulder surgery to be fit for the Test series against Sri Lanka, Murali Vijay will be utterly disappointed to have missed out on the upcoming three-match series that begins on July 26. 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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The right-hander has been asked to continue with his rehabilitation program after complaining of wrist pain during a match. Following fractured left thumb Dhawan was ruled out of Test series against Kiwis.

Shikhar Dhawan has been named as replacement for Murali Vijay in the squad for Test series in Sri Lanka starting July 26. The remaining two matches will be played at the historic R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. He was alo not considered for five-match Test series against England but made a comeback in the limited-overs series.

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