India’s huge win in the second Test against Sri Lanka turned a bit sour when the International Cricket Council handed Ravindra Jadeja a one-match ban. Jadeja, who had entered the Test with three demerit points that was slapped on him for running on the pitch against New Zealand in October 2016, earned 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”.
The incident had happened in the 58th over of Sri Lanka’s second innings on Saturday (August 5) when Jadeja, after fielding off his own bowling, threw the ball back to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha even though the batsman had not left his crease. The on-field umpires Rod Tucker and Bruce Oxenford in their report stated that the Indian spinner had thrown the ball in a ‘dangerous manner’ and consequently earned a one-game ban in addition to being fined 50 percent of the match fees.
And in case you have missed the incident, here is a clip showing how dangerous the throw was from Jadeja: