Injured Dhawan ruled out of Sri Lanka series

In a major blow for the India team, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for the rest of the Test series in Sri Lanka due to a hairline fracture that he sustained in the first Test.

The fracture is on Dhawan's right hand and will rule the left-handed batsman out of the both the Tests that are left in the series after India lost the first match in Galle by 63 runs.

The 29 year-old will be a big loss for the tourists as he scored a century in the first innings and, while batting with a bruised hand, hit 29 in his second stint at the crease.

The injury is likely to keep Dhawan out for up to six weeks.

A statement from the team management said: "He underwent tests that confirmed a hairline fracture in his hand. He would require four to six weeks to recover from the injury."

India team director, Ravi Shastri said: "Shikhar showed a lot of courage at Galle," Shastri said. "That's what I look for in a player. It is unfortunate to lose him."

The second Test  starts at the P.Sara Oval in Colombo on Thursday.