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Vijay, Saha ruled out of Sri Lanka series with hamstring injuries

Tharindu Kaushal (left) celebrating the dismissal of Murali Vijay (right) on day two of the second Test in Colombo
Tharindu Kaushal (left) celebrating the dismissal of Murali Vijay (right) on day two of the second Test in Colombo
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Indian cricketers Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha have both been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing tour of Sri Lanka with hamstring injuries.

Vijay's hamstring injury kept him out of the first Test, but he recovered in time to feature in the second game, only for the injury to flare up once again on day four.

Even though Vijay was out for a duck in the first innings, he scored a fluent 82 runs in the second, hitting four boundaries and two sixes in his knock.

Saha, on the other hand injured, his right hamstring when batting in the second innings on day four, requiring him to retire hurt for a short time.

The 30-year-old came back at the fall of the seventh wicket, but did not don the wicket-keeping gloves later on, with Lokesh Rahul taking up the duty.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) issued a media release confirming the injuries of both players and confirmed their replacements.

“The BCCI medical team confirms that Wriddhiman Saha & Murali Vijay have been ruled out of the remaining part of India’s tour of Sri Lanka due to injury.

“Saha has sustained a strain in his lower right hamstring and would require rehabilitation and strength training to recover completely.

“Vijay has sustained mild reoccurrence on his pre-existing injury in his right hamstring and would need further strength training to recover completely.

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named wicketkeeper Naman Ojha and Karun Nair as their replacements to join the team.” 

At the end of play on day four, Sri Lanka were positioned at 72 for two, chasing down a target of 413 runs, with three sessions remaining in the game. 

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