Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja on 8 August 2017 edged past Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan to become the number one all-rounder in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings 2017.
This honour adds to the bowler’s already existing top rank in the test bowlers’ chart. Jadeja with 438 points has a seven pointer lead over Shakib who has 431 points among the all-rounders.
Coming to the batting rankings, Steve Smith and Joe Root retained their positions at Number 1 and 2. India’s Cheteshwar Pujara gained a position to be at the 3rd position with 888 points, while Indian skipper Virat Kohli maintained his stand at the 5th position with 813 points.
The only other two Indians to feature in the top 10 include Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin. While Rahane moved up five positions to be placed 6th in the Test Batting rankings with 776 points, Ashwin is placed 3rd in both Test Bowling Rankings as well as Test All-Rounder Rankings with 842 and 418 points respectively.
Coincidently, the match that landed Jadeja at the top spot also led him to get suspended for one test.
While Jadeja’s knock of 70 not out and seven wickets helped India sail through the second Test against Sri Lanka, beating the nation by an innings and 53 runs, his breach of the ICC’s Code of Conduct got him suspended from India’s upcoming third and final test match.
Jadeja was found guilty of breaching article 2.2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Player and Player Support Personnel. During the third day’s play in the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka on 5 August, Jadeja, after fielding off his own bowling on the final delivery of the 58th over, threw the ball back at the batsman who had not left his crease. The on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker deemed the throwing “in a dangerous manner” as it narrowly missed the batsman, Dimuth Karunaratne.
The breach not only cost Jadeja a 50 per cent fine but also added three demerit points to his already accumulated 3, making the total number reach six within a 24-month period. When a player reaches the threshold of four demerit points, they get converted into two suspension points.
The result of which is that Jadeja would be unable to play in India’s third test against Sri Lanka that is scheduled to be played from 12 to 16 August 2017 in Pallekele.
Following this suspension, the six demerit points will remain on Jadeja’s disciplinary record and if he reaches the next threshold of eight or more demerit points within a 24-month period, then they will be converted into four suspension points.
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