Australia vs India, 1st T20I: Aaron Finch played down the concussion substitute controversy after Australia lost the series opener by 11 runs in Canberra. Yuzvendra Chahal, who replaced the injured Ravindra Jadeja, came up with a match-winning spell.
Can’t challenge medical opinion: Finch on concussion substitute row in 1st T20I (AP Photo)
- Aaron Finch said he can’t challenge medical expert’s opinion
- The Australia captain played down the concussion substitute controversy
- Yuzvendra Chahal delivered after coming in as concussion substitute for Jadeja
Australia captain Aaron Finch played down the raging controversy over India’s concussion substitution during their 11-run win in the 1st T20I in Canberra on Friday. Head coach Justin Langer was seen fuming as he had an animated discussion with match referee David Boon after Yuzvendra Chahal was brought in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja ahead of Australia’s failed chase.
However, Aaron Finch said he can’t challenge the medical expert’s opinion on the issue. Jadeja took a knock on the head during the final over of India’s innings but it wasn’t sure whether the concussion protocols were followed as the all-rounder wasn’t checked on by a physio or had his helmet changed after taking the blow.
“Their doctor had ruled Jadeja out due to concussion. You can’t be challenging a medical expert’s opinion,” Finch said.
Jadeja though was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal who was not initially picked in India’s playing XI but he bowled 4 overs and came with game-changing performance. Chahal removed Australia captain Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Matthew Wade as he finished with figures of 3/30. It all came after Ravindra Jadeja had hit a 23-ball 44 not out.
It was interesting as Jadeja first picked up a hamstring injury before he was hit on the head. Jadeja was limping towards the end of his innings even as he took Australia’s best bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood to the cleaners towards the end overs.
Virat Kohli gives update on Ravindra Jadeja injury
Notably, India captain Virat Kohli said Ravindra Jadeja was feeling a bit dizzy even after the game ended in favour of India. There are several cases of late substitution and as Sanjay Manjrekar and Ajit Agarkar pointed out on-air during the Australian chase, the decision to bring in a concussion substitute can’t be questioned.
Finch pointed fingers at Australia’s death bowling as the reason for their defeat in the first T20I. Jadeja went big as India collected 34 runs in the last 2 overs to push the score beyond 160.
“We probably leaked too may runs at the death. Then while chasing, we didn’t hit too many boundaries in the 6-over period,” Finch said.