Former cricketers Michael Vaughan and Tom Moody have questioned the decision of Yuzvendra Chahal getting the permission to replace Ravindra Jadeja as a concussion substitute in the ongoing T20I between India and Australia at the Manuka Oval, Canberra.
Ravindra Jadeja was struck in the helmet off an inside edge by fast bowler Mitchell Starc in the final over of India’s innings. At that time, he did not receive any medical attention for the blow on his head as it looked everything was fine. But surprisingly, he was subbed out at the innings break and is being assessed by the India medical team.
UPDATE: Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the helmet in the final over of the first innings of the first T20I.
— BCCI (@BCCI) December 4, 2020
As per the rules, the teams are allowed to bring in like for like replacements and India replaced Ravindra Jadeja with Chahal. There are, however, questions raised on the same. Before suffering the blow on his head, Ravindra Jadeja suffered a hamstring injury while batting and was in doubt to bowl.
And thus when India got the permission to replace him, ICC Match Referee David Boon, Australia coach Justin Langer and captain Aaron Finch were seen having a heated conversation. Neither Langer nor Finch looked impressed with Boon’s explanation.
India went into the match with only five fit bowling options, with allrounder Hardik Pandya still coming back from a back injury. In such a scenario, Jadeja not bowling would have been a a huge setback for the Men in Blue.
Michael Vaughan, Tom Moody question decision:
Soon after Chahal replaced Ravindra Jadeja, Michael Vaughan and Tom Moody took to Twitter to express their surprise over the incident. Both the former cricketers asked the reason behind Jadeja not getting medical attention which is a standard protocol.
Vaughan also hinted that India went for the replacement as Jadeja was struggling with his leg, tweeting:
“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 .. !!!!!”
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 4, 2020
On the other hand, Moody wrote:
“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?”
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