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Shikhar Dhawan replaces Murali Vijay for Sri Lanka Test series

Vijay is currently suffering a wrist injury during Australia 's tour of India

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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File photo of Shikhar Dhawan during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan in Birmingham (Photo: AP/ PTI)

Opener was on Monday ruled out of the against due to a and was subsequently replaced by in the 16-member squad for the three-match rubber starting July 26.

"The All-Senior Selection Committee on Monday named as the replacement for injured in the Test team, which is scheduled to travel to for a three-match Test series," the Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said in a release.


"Vijay, who had suffered a during Australia's tour of India, has complained of pain in his right wrist, while playing a preparatory match. The medical team has therefore advised that Vijay should continue his rehabilitation program," he added.

Dhawan, who is a regular in the Indian side, has played 23 Tests and averages 38.52. He has four hundreds to his credit in an accumulated 1464 runs.

He last played a Test for in 2016 against in a home series.

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

The Indian team for is as follows:

Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.

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