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Murali Vijay out of Galle Test

Murali Vijay out of Galle Test
Murali Vijay will not be taking part in his team's first Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.
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India's opening batsman Murali Vijay will not be taking part in his team's first Test against Sri Lanka beginning on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury.

Revealing the development, team director Ravi Shastri said that the management isn’t keen on risking Vijay, who hasn’t responded quickly enough to treatment.

"Murali Vijay will not be fit for the first Test,” said Shastri.

“He has not fully recovered and we don't want to take a chance, especially with weather like this, slippery outfield and things like that.” 

Vijay suffered the injury during India’s recent limited overs tour of Zimbabwe and was unable to bat in either innings of the warm-up match last week in Sri Lanka.

With Vijay having been in top form in recent times, Shastri admitted that the stylish batsman’s absence was a setback for the Indians.

"It's a big blow. He is the in-form player, (he's) had a fabulous run in Test cricket.

“He has the ability to play long innings as he has shown.

“He will be missed." 

Vijay’s unavailability makes it selection straightfroward for the opening Test with Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul set to take up the responsibility as openers.

Shastri remained non-committal when queried about the possibility of Cheteshwar Pujara’s inclusion in the Test.

The young batsman has been sidelined since making way for Rohit Sharma at number three in the Sydney Test this year.

"We will have to play the best five batsmen.

“If he fits into that five, he plays, if he doesn't, he doesn't play.”

Pujara is likely to miss out with Sharma expected to be retained at the number three slot for the Galle Test as per skipper Virat Kohli's statements after the warm-up match.  

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