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Ravindra Jadeja spends time with Ravi Shastri as Team India enjoys day off

Ravindra Jadeja was seen having discussions with Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri as the rest of the team enjoyed a day off on Tuesday

india vs sri lanka 2017 Updated: Aug 09, 2017 10:47 IST
Sanjjeev Samyal
Ravindra Jadeja,Ravi Shastri,Indian cricket team
Ravindra Jadeja (L) and Ravi Shastri were seen having discussions as the team enjoyed a day off in Sri Lanka on Tuesday.(Getty Images file photo)

After claiming the number one all-rounder’s spot in ICC’s Test rankings, while maintaining his position atop the bowlers’ rankings, Ravindra Jadeja was on Tuesday seen having discussions with India head coach Ravi Shastri.

Jadeja, who has been suspended from the final Test in Pallekele, had played a match-winning role in the Colombo Test. While Jadeja spent time with Shastri, the rest of the Indian squad enjoyed a day off after a thumping win in Colombo.

Jadeja had on Tuesday edged out Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan to claim the numero uno spot among all-rounders in the latest ICC Test rankings.

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As the Indian players enjoyed a rest day, the left-arm spinner spent the evening with Shastri and other members of the support staff.

Jadeja, who was fined and suspended after the Colombo Test, has a somewhat tumultuous past in terms of discipline. There was the 2014 incident at Nottingham when on his first tour to England, clashing with pacer James Anderson in the pavilion.

Then skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had stood his ground in support of Jadeja as it escalated into a small diplomatic crisis. In the end, both Anderson and Jadeja escaped punishment, with the latter losing 50 percent of his match fee back then (later repealed).

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The spinner has lost a similar amount of his match fee for the second Test but what will rankle him more is the chance to get onto the field as the No.1 bowler/all-rounder as he serves the suspension.

This particular suspension also comes about as the result of accruing demerit points. Jadeja already had three points after he was found guilty of ‘running in and damaging the protected area of the pitch’ in the third Test against New Zealand at Indore last October.

India wrapped a second consecutive Test series’ win in Sri Lanka after winning the second Test at the SSC in Colombo by an innings and 53 runs.

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The visitors had won the first Test at Galle by 304 runs, and both victories have come comfortably within four days. It is a repeat of India’s 2-1 series win here in 2015, only this time the lead going into the third and final Test in Pallekele (starting August 12) is an unassailable 2-0.

For the first time in a long while, an Indian team stands on the cusp of a series whitewash away from home. The match could another chance for young Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav to prove his mettle just like he did on his debut against Australia earlier this year.

It is also to be noted that India haven’t really played ‘away’ from home conditions in a peculiar way. Since 2015, they have only toured either Lanka or West Indies, and played a long season at home.

India tour South Africa, England and Australia next, conditions and opposition that are sure to test both their skipper’s and the team’s resolve.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Aug 08, 2017 19:02 IST