1st T20I: Every law has a loophole and this favoured India, says Pragyan Ojha on concussion substitute row


Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha said that he can understand why the Australians are unhappy with it but argued that India was well within the laws of the game to take the concussion substitute.

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja hurt his leg in the 1st T20I on Friday. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Chahal came in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja after the latter was hit on the helmet
  • Chahal eventually went on to become the Man-of-the-Match for his 3-25 in 4 overs
  • He got the crucial wickets of Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Matthew Wade

After the two consecutive losses in Sydney that gave away the ODI series to Australia, India has managed to win back-to-back games at the Manuka Oval in Canberra.

They followed their win in the 3rd ODI on Wednesday with another victory in the first T20I here on Friday. Led by some heroic batting from Ravindra Jadeja who starred with a bat with an unbeaten 23-ball 44 to steer the visitors to a par score of 161. After that concussion substitute Yuzvendra Chahal’s game-changing spell, and debutant T Natarajan 3-wicket spell including the key wicket of Glenn Maxwell gave India their second consecutive win at the Manuka Oval on Friday.

However, the game was partly overshadowed by the controversy over Chahal coming in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja after the latter was hit on the helmet during his match-winning knock of 44.

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha said that he can understand why the Australians are unhappy with it, but argued that India was well within the laws of the game to take the concussion substitute.

India was within the laws of game, says Ojha

“For every rule or every law there is a loophole and this favoured the Indians. If the ball hadn’t hit Jadeja’s helmet, the matter of fact is that he was struggling with a hamstring injury. It is good that it ended well and we got the substitute for concussion.

“But it was well within the rule and India took it. But I am very sure this will not go down well with the Aussies. They will raise questions because Jadeja had a hamstring issue. “Because of the ball hitting his helmet, and despite him continuing to bat well, he got the substitute. This point they will definitely question, as it was visible in the conversation between Justin Langer and David Boon. It is absolutely fine as long as you are within the laws of the game,” Ojha said on Sports Today.

Other former cricketers such as Tom Moody and Michael Vaughan have expressed unhappiness at the concussion testing protocols not being followed.

Australia head coach Justin Langer was apparently upset with the move as he was caught on television cameras having an intense discussion with match referee David Boon after the concussion substitution was made.



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