In a big blow to the Indian cricket team, opening batsman Murali Vijay and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha were on Sunday ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against Sri Lanka due to injuries, with Naman Ojha and Karun Nair named as their replacements for the third and final Test starting in Colombo on August 28.
"The BCCI medical team confirms that Wriddhiman Saha and Murali Vijay have been ruled out of the remaining part of India's tour of Sri Lanka due to injury," BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur said in a release. "Saha has sustained a strain in his lower right hamstring and would require rehabilitation and strength training to recover completely. Vijay has sustained mild re-occurrence on his pre-existing injury in his right hamstring and would need further strength training to recover completely," the release said.
"The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named wicketkeeper Naman Ojha and Karun Nair as their replacements to join the team," it added.
Vijay had also missed the first Test at Galle as he could not recover from the hamstring injury he sustained in Zimbabwe during India's recent limited over series there. He returned to the playing eleven in the ongoing second Test and scored 0 and 82 in the two innings respectively.
Saha sustained the injury on Sunday while batting in India's second innings. He first retired hurt on his personal score of five but then came back to bat during the final session to be unbeaten on 13 as India declared their second innings on 325 or eight.
Later, Saha did not take the field in the final innings of the match as young Lokesh Rahul donned the wicketkeeping gloves for India.
India are trailing the three-match Test series 0-1 but hoping to square it 1-1 with a win tomorrow on the final day of the second Test.