Sri Lanka vs India 2017: Suspended Ravindra Jadeja Returns Home
Ravindra Jadeja has left the Indian squad ahead of the third Test against Sri Lanka to fly back to the country. The 28-year-old, who recently became the world number one Test all-rounder, has been handed a one-match suspension by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and will miss the third Test against the hosts scheduled to be played at Pallekele from August 12.
The left-arm spinner was suspended by the governing body for earning three more demerit points after he was found guilty of breaching article 2.2.8 of the player’s code of conduct which deals with “throwing a ball (or any other item of cricket equipment such as a water bottle) at or near a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee or any other third person in an inappropriate and/or dangerous manner during an International Match”. He had thrown the ball in a ‘dangerous manner’ towards the batsman during Sri Lanka’s second innings.
And with a suspended player not allowed to be part of the dressing room, Hindustan Times has reported that the all-rounder has left for India instead of staying in the hotel. He will get an opportunity to spend some quality time with his family before he returns to Sri Lanka for the limited over series starting from August 20. The decision to allow Jadeja to go home was taken by the team management
Jadeja, who is also the leading Test bowler of the world, starred with both bat and ball in the series-clinching win in Colombo and was adjudged the Man of the Match. After scoring an unbeaten 70 in the first innings, he had taken seven wickets including a decisive 5-wicket haul in the second innings to help India win the game by an innings and 53 runs.
— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) August 6, 2017
Later, Virat Kohli had lavished praise on the all-rounder for his starring role.
“Guys who have both abilities are very rare to find. That’s where we think they’re very precious, especially in the longer format because they provide you with great balance. He can give you a very quick 60-70 anywhere at any stage of the game, it can really turn the game. Remember Lord’s, remember Dharamsala against Australia, those are very important innings, the 90 against England in Mohali. So it’s not just when the batters are doing well, his runs have come under pressure,” Kohli had said at the post-match conference.
“Also, he has the ability, he believes in it and he’s worked extra hard in the last 10-12 months on his batting. He’s bowled so much that the other discipline was left behind, but now he’s catching up in that as well. It’s only going to do good to him. If he doesn’t bowl well on a particular day, he can score runs. Once he scores run, then he gets confidence with the ball also. He’s always in the game, his fielding as well. I would say he’s a very valuable cricketer for us,” he had added.
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