Ravindra Jadeja has been suspended for the third and final Test of India’s series in Sri Lanka after picking up demerit points for a Code of Conduct breach in Colombo.
Jadeja, the world’s No.1 Test bowler on the ICC rankings, had been India’s day four hero, collecting a five-wicket haul to help his side to a victory that was not just the visitors’ largest against Sri Lanka but one which secured a series win.
But an incident in the 58th over of Sri Lanka’s second innings on Saturday saw Jadeja get stung with a Code of Conduct breach that pushed his demerit points over the limit.
After fielding off his own bowling, Jadeja threw the ball back at batsman Dimuth Karunaratne, narrowly missing the Sri Lankan.
The throw was deemed to be “in a dangerous manner” by the on-field umpires, Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker. Jadeja received a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee, and also received three demerit points.
Those three points, plus the three more points he received for running on the pitch four times during last October’s Indore Test against New Zealand, earned him a ban for the Colombo Test thought the ICC’s Code of Conduct.