Having been ignored for the Test series, Dhawan is now holidaying in Disneyland with his family.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Monday named Shikhar Dhawan as the replacement for injured Murali Vijay in the Test team, which is scheduled to travel to Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series", BCCI said through a media release. Vijay participated in a Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) division league match at SSN College on Thursday representing Jolly Rovers against Young Stars. Murali Vijay has not played for the Indian national team since sustaining a wrist injury after the Australia test series during the home season past year, which India won by 2-1.
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Vijay hasn't fully recovered from the wrist injury he picked during the Test series against Australia, and has been advised to continue his rehabilitation programme. He has four hundreds to his credit. He last played a Test for India in 2016 against New Zealand in a home series. Board of Cricket for Control in India confirmed the news on Monday. 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.
India's tour of Sri Lanka will comprise of three Tests, five one-day internationals and one-off T20. After a magnificent series against England and Bangladesh, Vijay managed just 113 runs in three Tests at an average of 22.60. He was out of action for nearly three-and-a-half months and had missed the entire IPL season with the Dharamsala Test against Australia in March being his last competitive match.