Dhawan called up for South Africa A one-dayers; Vijay Shankar ruled out

Shikhar Dhawan raises his bat to the crowd as he walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal. Getty Images

Shikhar Dhawan has been added to the India A squad for the fourth and fifth one-day games against South Africa A in Thiruvananthapuram, while Vijay Shankar has been ruled out of the series after an injury to his right thumb.

Dhawan had left the World Cup after the first few matches after suffering a hairline fracture to his left thumb during the match against Australia. Upon returning to full fitness, he played in the limited-overs series in the West Indies, but made just 27 runs in the three T20Is and 38 runs in two ODIs.

Vijay, who was all set to make his return to top-flight cricket after an injury had brought his maiden World Cup campaign to a premature end, was named in the squad for the entire series against South Africa A after missing the West Indies tour as he had not recovered in time. He made his return from injury in the Tamil Nadu Premier League earlier this month, where he made just ten runs and picked three wickets in three games for Chepauk Super Gillies.

The BCCI had earlier named two India A squads - one for the first three matches and another for the last two games - with Manish Pandey (first three matches) and Shreyas Iyer (last two) sharing captaincy duties.

India A are currently leading the series 1-0 following their 69-run win in the first one-dayer on Thursday.