New Delhi - Injured opener Murali Vijay was on Monday ruled out
from India's upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka, the cricket board said on
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 edition 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.
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
Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.