Shikhar Dhawan to replace injured Murali Vijay for Sri Lanka Test tour

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan

The Tamil Nadu batsman was sidelined with a wrist injury during Australia's tour of India.

Indian left-hander Shikhar Dhawan, who has been on a run-scoring spree in limited-overs cricket since his comeback into the Indian team, has replaced injured opening batsman Murali Vijay for India's tour to Sri Lanka.

Vijay has complained of pain in his wrist while playing a preparatory match. "The BCCI medical team has therefore advised that Vijay should continue his rehabilitation program", a BCCI statement read.

Shikhar Dhawan has so far played 23 Tests and scored 1464 runs at an average of 38.52. He has four hundreds to his credit. He last played a Test for India in 2016 against New Zealand in a home series. 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.

"SDhawan25 to replace injured Murali Vijay for India's tour of Sri Lanka, 2017", Indian board tweeted. This is the first time the two countries will be playing a full series (includes all three formats) in eight years. The first Test between Sri Lanka and India will start on July 26 at the Galle International Stadium followed by matches in Colombo and Kandy, respectively in August.

The Virat Kohli-led side is set to play three Test matches, five One-Day Internationals (ODI) and a one-off Twenty20 International during the series.