India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the helmet in the final over of the innings when he missed a Mitchell Starc bouncer on Friday.
He, however, stayed on the field and batted the last few balls that were left of the India innings.
A few minutes later, when the Indian team was coming out to bowl, it was declared that Yuzvendra Chahal will replace Ravindra Jadeja as a concussion substitute during Australia’s chase and will be allowed to bowl his quota of 4 overs.
“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.
I have no issue with Jadeja being substitute with Chahal. But I do have an issue with a Doctor & Physio not being present after Jadeja was struck on the helmet which I believe is protocol now? #AusvInd
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) 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.
This raised a storm on social media and there have been different versions of whether the concussion substitution should have been allowed or not.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 4, 2020
Two former cricketers to join in this debate were former England captain Michael Vaughan and the former Australia player and coach Tom Moody.
They went on to raise doubts on whether the concussion replacement protocol were followed in the case of Ravindra Jadeja on Friday.
“I have no issue with Jadeja being substitute with Chahal. But I do have an issue with a Doctor & Physio not being present after Jadeja was struck on the helmet which I believe is protocol now? #AusvInd,” Tom Moody wrote on Twitter.
Michael Vaughan seemed to highlight the same point and went on to further suggest that Jadeja had done something to his leg, and India have used the concussion substitute rule to get a fit bowler instead.
“No Doctor or Physio came out to Test Jadeja for concussion … he then looks like his has done something to his leg … then they pull the concussion replacement .. !!!!! #RatSniffed #OnOn #AUSvIND,” Vaughan said.