Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar on Friday said there might have been a breach in protocol in the way a concussion substitute was used for Ravindra Jadeja during the 1st T20I between India and Australia in Canberra. Manjrekar questioned why Team India physio had not rushed to the ground to check on Jadeja after the all-rounder was hit on the head during the final over of the Indian innings.
Yuzvendra Chahal coming in as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja during Friday’s match created a stir. Jadeja first picked up a hamstring injury and even after he was hit on the head, he continued to bat and added 9 more runs to India’s tally during their 11-run win in the T20I series opener. Jadeja was limping towards the end of the innings but did not take the field due to a concussion.
The BCCI said in a statement that Jadeja was being assessed by the medical team even as Yuzvendra Chahal took the field during Australia’s chase. India captain Virat Kohli confirmed after the match that Jadeja was in fact feeling a bit dizzy after the knock to his head.
“There is one important breach of protocol that has happened. I am sure the match referee will raise with India but one of the main things with that protocol, the moment you get hit on the head, they have to spend time with the batsman out there, asking how he feels, the physio has to come in and there are a certain set of questions that need to be asked. With Jadeja, it just happened, there was hardly any delay and he continued playing,” Manjrekar told Sony Six on Friday.
“He added just 9 runs, it wasn’t a massive advantage. But after that (hit), there should have been at least 2-3 minutes where India support staff should have come out. And then it would have looked a little more credible.
“I would say one thing though, David Boon had no choice but to give India the concussion substitute because he would not have the courage to say he wouldn’t allow it because, at the time of impact, no attention was given. He had to give the concussion substitute once the request was made.”
Australia head coach Justin Langer was seen having an animated discussion with match referee David Boon before the start of their chase. However, captain Aaron Finch played down the controversy, saying he can’t question the medical expert’s assessment even as Chahal delivered a match-winning spell of 3/25.
‘ICC will look into concussion rule closely after Canberra T20I’
Sanjay Manjrekar, meanwhile, pointed out that the International Cricket Council will not look deeper into the rule to avoid misuse by teams in the future. Manjrekar question if Chahal was a ‘like-for-like replacement’ to Jadeja.
“After this, there is going to be a lot of thought given to concussion substitute and the whole concept, because we, as players, there are rules made with good intentions, but we’re masters at just trying to find a loophole in the rule to our own advantage. Whether India took advantage, I don’t know but there’s something that ICC will start looking at,” Manjrekar said.
“You know what ICC or referee will have a problem with this is there was no visit by the physio, nobody came, no time was taken to see him, he carried on playing.
“What’s going to come out of this is ICC having a close look at this rule, which has come for a good reason after what’s happened in the sport. ICC will also make sure no team uses it unfairly, I am not suggesting India used it unfairly and got an unfair advantage. They want the like-for-like replacement. In this case, Jadeja, with the hamstring, is not the same bowler, as Chahal was.”