1st T20I: Noise over concussion substitute unnecessary as match referee approved it, says Sunil Gavaskar

Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has cut to the chase and pointed at the fact that match referee David Boon had no objection to Yuzvendra Chahal replacing Ravindra Jadeja as his concussion substitute. Boon, a former Australia cricketer, was charged at by Australian coach Justin Langer after Jadeja was allowed to replace Chahal.

However, Gavaskar has said that the noise over the concussion substitute controversy is uncalled for.

“The match referee is an Australian, he is a former Australian cricketer David Boon. He was okay with Chahal substituting Jadeja. They normally say like for like, you can argue that Chahal’s not an all-rounder but anyone who goes out with the bat whether he scores 1 run of 100 runs is an all-rounder as far as I’m concerned. And he bowls so it’s a like for like replacement. And the Australian match referee had no objection so I don’t see why there is so much of noise about it,” Gavaskar told India Today from Syndey, where he is in quarantine.

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Gavaskar, stuck to his initial take on the entire concussion substitute rule, said that he is not a supporter of the law in cricket but as long as it is a rule, India was well under the right to call Chahal in for Jadeja.

“On the business of concussion substitute itself I don’t agree because maybe I’m old-fashioned, I’ve always believed that if you’re not good enough to play the bouncer and you get hit on the helmet then you don’t deserve substitutes. But at the moment it is being allowed and according to the rules of the game, everything was done according to it and there was no problem with Chahal playing instead of Ravindra Jadeja,” Gavaskar opined.

Hosts Australia at 113/3 off 14.5 overs were cruising to the target of 162 but Chahal, Natarajan changed the game in favour of the visitors. Gavaskar said it was Jadeja’s 23-ball 44* that made it difficult for Australia right at the start of the chase.

“This is the kind of cricket you want to see that makes isolation [Gavaskar is in self-quarantine in Australia] easier. In T20 cricket especially in big grounds like the ones in Australia, a total of 145 or 150 is also a high total but India got even more than that. India got 161, thanks to that late flourish from Ravindra Jadeja. And once that happened, unless Australia got off to a brilliant start like 80-90 for no loss, it was always going to be tough for the Australians without Warner to be able to get those runs. And Smith also failed,” Sunil Gavaskar said on India Today live.

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