Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Ravindra Jadeja as a concussion substitute during Australia’s chase in the first T20I against India at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. Chahal will be allowed to bowl 4 overs as India lost Jadeja to more than one injury concern on Friday.
Ravindra Jadeja picked a hamstring injury during his quickfire knock of 44 not out. However, he was hit on the helmet in the final over of the innings when he missed a Mitchell Starc bouncer. Jadeja was limping in the final over and India, it seems, pointed out that knock on the head to bring in a concussion substitute.
“Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the helmet in the final over of the first innings of the first T20I. Yuzvendra Chahal will take the field in the 2nd innings as a concussion substitute. Jadeja is currently being assessed by the BCCI Medical Team,” the BCCI said in a statement.
UPDATE: Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the helmet in the final over of the first innings of the first T20I.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2020
However, Australia head coach Justin Langer was unhappy with Yuzvendra Chahal taking the field as a concussion substitute. Langer was seen arguing with match referee and his former teammate David Boon.
On-field commentators Ajit Agarkar and Sanjay Manjrekar pointed out that Langer was seemingly unhappy before the start of Australia’s chase. However, the duo pointed out that India were well within their rights to ask the match referee for Jadeja’s concussion substitute.
The physio did not walk out to the middle to check on Jadeja after he was hit on the helmet nor his helmet was changed, according to the International Cricket Council protocols for concussion. However, as seen in many concussion cases, Jadeja was sent for assessment after he got back to the dressing room.
Jadeja braved the hamstring injury to play a crucial knock that took India to 161 in 20 overs. Jadeja hit 44 not ouf from just 23 balls as he smashed 5 boundaries and a six to provide the much-needed impetus in the end overs after the likes of Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Manish Pandey failed with the bat.
KL Rahul hit a well-paced 51 but the India opener failed to convert the start into a big knock.