India in Sri Lanka 2017 July 17, 2017

Dhawan to replace injured Vijay for Sri Lanka

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A wrist injury that had troubled M Vijay during the home series against Australia has resurfaced to rule him out of the upcoming Sri Lanka Tests. He has been replaced by Shikhar Dhawan in the 16-man squad. Vijay complained of pain in his right wrist while playing a preparatory match and the BCCI medical team has advised him to continue his rehabilitation programme.

Vijay had missed only one Test - against Australia in Bengaluru - out of India's long home season of 13 and later revealed he had been playing with a fractured wrist. He was subsequently ruled out of the IPL and flew to the UK for surgery. Vijay had also picked up an injury on the left shoulder during the final Test against England in Chennai, making him sit on the sidelines for a month.

Dhawan was originally left out of the squad for Sri Lanka despite his impressive form in the Champions Trophy last month, making way for back-up opener Abhinav Mukund. The two left-handers and KL Rahul, also returning from a shoulder injury, will be India's opening options for the three Tests beginning July 26 in Galle.

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  • Dhawala on July 19, 2017, 15:48 GMT

    Vijay will be a walking wicket against Herath

  • cricfan7348368875 on July 19, 2017, 3:25 GMT

    @MAc India now has a good pace attack with bhuvi umesh and SHAMI and also ashwin is a different bowler now and no longer requires assistance from pitch to fox the batsman and we now has a good pace bowling all rounder this time with Hardik in the mix and also ishant is not a bad bowler in test format I believe we have a good chance this time around against sa and England. cheers

  • jasprit on July 19, 2017, 2:27 GMT

    And now about Karthik......I think Karthik is a fine Batsman. He is very stylish, very attractive, with a very correct technique. Infact you can even call him poor man's Rahul Dravid as Karthik is probably the closest to him among the Indian batsmen after him. But, Karthik lacks 'Fight'. Karthik lacks the grit and determination. He will do fine when the game is meandering, but, the moment the game heats up and fight gets intense, Karthik will leave the ship. In the end, Karthik will not win you any games. . One can say that Karthik is one of the batting disappointments for India because if he had performed to his talent, he should have had better test figures than Yuvraj, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni(test batsman) and a few others. He should have averaged 45. Cheers!

  • jasprit on July 19, 2017, 2:19 GMT

    RAM4FR9677970 ON JULY 18, 2017, 13:43 GMT....I feel it was unfair and foolish to play Karthik in those practice games. India knew they were not going to play him in the XI.(His omission could not have been performance based. He scored 94). Why not give MS Dhoni a hit in the middle at 4? Or Yuvraj, Kedar or Pandya...the guys who were actually going to play. That is my opinion. Yours could be different and lets just leave it at that. My comment was not actually about who is better. It was more about the selection policy. All common sense says that Mukund should play as he was the 3rd opener by choice. But the reality might be different. If Dhawan plays ahead of Mukund, should Dhawan have not been selected in the first place? That was my question. Cheers!

  • Jaminda on July 19, 2017, 0:36 GMT

    Dhawan will definitely do better than Vijay !!!

  • Abelbenshepherds on July 18, 2017, 22:33 GMT

    These players playing too much everywhere fit or not and resting for months after serious injury . It is lucky that kohli got injured just before IPL and not before important series . But definitely our cricketers are prone to injury whatever the reason. It is good that we have a lot of youngsters who can replace anyone in present team including the captain. If given an opportunity . I guess we should divide our players to test , odi and t20 . In my opinion only one player can play all formats that is our beloved captain .

  • mac on July 18, 2017, 14:29 GMT

    Folks relax! VK & RS pull all the strings now. So if Dhawan scores a century or half he may be even become first choice over M.Vijay when K.L.Rahul is back. So if fans cud not remember or value contributions in tough conditions of M.Vijay, RS wud care less. Expect 4-0 or 3-0 folks with a 5-0 coming later on. what chance do we have in SA, England with Ishant? With Ashwin & Jaddu taken out of the equation (no credible 3rd impact spinner - hope kuldeep steps up), Bhuvi & Umesh -being only decent enough - no miracles are to be expected. Am I the only one feeling that sometimes India is shooting in its own foot with weird selections? and unjust backing of useless players for long?

  • ram4fr9677970 on July 18, 2017, 13:43 GMT

    jasprit : Is Karthik played a single game in CT?. he played warm up games and showed better batting skills than other batsmen's but he was benched for full CT. Kholi gone for unfit Yuvi and inexperienced Kedar for full CT. Karthik better batsmen than Kedar if you have watched last 2 games in WI.

  • Harry on July 18, 2017, 13:35 GMT

    I request all of you please stop thinking of Gambhir in Indian Team again. Kholi will not let him play again for india.

  •   ravi.narla on July 18, 2017, 12:13 GMT

    Kohli is trying to become an Imran Khan who influenced the selectors and was his own coach except that Imran choose talent over nepotism which is the opposite with Kohli

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