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India opener Shikhar Dhawan replaces injured Murali Vijay for Sri Lanka cricket Tests

Vijay underwent surgery on wrist in England after four-Test series against Australia.

India's Shikhar Dhawan has been in excellent form in one-day internationals lately. Jewel Samad / AFP
India's Shikhar Dhawan has been in excellent form in one-day internationals lately. Jewel Samad / AFP

Sri Lanka-India Test series schedule

1st Test July 26-30 in Galle

2nd Test August 3-7 in Colombo

3rd Test August 12-16 in Pallekele

Injured opener Murali Vijay was on Monday ruled out from India's upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, the cricket board said Monday, with Shikhar Dhawan named as his replacement.

Vijay, who underwent surgery on his wrist in England after the four-Test series against Australia, has already missed the 10th season of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

The 33-year-old batsman is set to undergo rehabilitation after pain reappeared in his wrist while playing a warm-up match, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement.

Murali Vijay has 32 runs in the last two Tests after beginning the series with a 126 as India's opener. Altaf Qadri / AP Photo
Murali Vijay has 32 runs in the last two Tests after beginning the series with a 126 as India's opener. Altaf Qadri / AP Photo

Dhawan, who has played 23 Tests at an average of 38.52 since making his debut in 2013, is now part of the 16-man squad for the three Tests starting in Galle on July 26.

The left-handed batsman, who last played a Test in October against New Zealand, was the highest run-scorer in the 50-over Champions Trophy in England and Wales in June.

India, led by skipper Virat Kohli, are also slated to play five one-day internationals and a single Twenty20 after the Test series wraps up.

India's Test squad Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.