Opener Murali Vijay was today dropped of the Test series against Sri Lanka because of a wrist injury and was in this manner replaced by Shikhar Dhawan in the 16-men squad for the three-coordinate test beginning July 26.

“Vijay, who had suffered a wrist injury during Australia’s tour of India, has complained of pain in his right wrist, while playing a preparatory match. The BCCI medical team has therefore advised that Vijay should continue his rehabilitation program,” BCCI said in a press release on Monday.

Dhawan comes back to the Test team after the last playing for India against New Zealand in October 2016. The 31-year-old, an ODI normal, has so far played 23 Tests in which he has 1464 runs at 38.52.

After the season, Vijay ventured out to the UK for surgery on his harmed wrist which constrained him to miss the tenth edition of the IPL. Subsequent to experiencing recovery, he continued the practice, however, grumbled of torment in his right wrist amid a preliminary match.

Then again, Murali Vijay has not played any focused cricket since the finish of the Australia Tests. After a heavenly series against England and Bangladesh, Vijay oversaw only 113 runs in three Tests at an average of 22.60. No matter, India figured out how to win the four-Test series 2-1 to end the home season unbeaten.

India is because of visit Sri Lanka for a three Test series taken after by a five-coordinate ODI series and a solitary T20I, beginning July 26.

Updated squad: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, M Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund

Test Schedule:

July 21-22: Warm-up match (Colombo)
July 26-30: 1st Test, Galle
Aug 3-7: 2nd Test Colombo
Aug 12-16: 3rd Test, Kandy