India vs Australia, 1st T20I: Yuzvendra Chahal, who came in as a concussion substitute on Friday, said he was elated to have delivered a match-winning performance against Australia. Chahal picked up 3 wickets and gave away just 25 runs in his 4-over spell.
1st T20I: Chahal elated after delivering match-winning spell as concussion substitute (AP Photo)
- Yuzvendra Chahal won the Man of the Match after coming in as concussion substitute
- Chahal picked up 3 wickets after having been initially dropped from playing XI
- Chahal replaced injured Ravindra Jadeja as concussion substitute in Canberra
Yuzvendra Chahal had a dramatic outing on Friday in Canberra as the India spinner came in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja in their 11-run win over Australia. Chahal was not picked in the playing XI but the leg-spinner walked away with the Man of the Match award, becoming the first player to do so as a concussion substitute.
Ravindra Jadeja got hit on the helmet in the final over of India’s innings after he suffered a hamstring injury. While he was not checked on by the physio or had his helmet changed after the blow to the head, the BCCI said he was sent for examination for concussion as Chahal came in as a substitute.
Chahal bowled 4 overs and conceded just 25 runs as he changed the game on its head, picking up 3 wickets. He got the big scalp of Aaron Finch for 35 and then went on to pick Steve Smith and Matthew Wade’s wickets as India restricted Australia to 150 for 7 in 20 overs after posting 161.
“A great feeling, no pressure for me when we were batting then I got to know I was going to play. Ten to 15 minutes before I got to know I would play,” Chahal said.
Chahal was taken to the cleaners in the 3-match ODI series. The Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner was dropped for the 3rd ODI after conceding aplenty in the first 2 matches. He was not picked for the Canberra T20I but the strange turn of events got him into the mix.
Chahal responded brilliantly and while analysing his performance said he learnt from his mistakes from the ODI series to deliver the match-winning spell.
“I learnt from my ODI mistake where I bowled with some flight. In the first innings it was a bit hard to score against their spinners…and I bowled according to my plans,” Chahal said.
Australia head coach Justin Langer was seemingly unimpressed with the concussion substitution but captain Aaron Finch played down the controversy, saying Jadeja was replaced on medical advice and he can’t be challenging the expert’s opinion.