India’s use of concussion substitute during the first T20I against Australia has divided the cricket world into two halves. While one half thinks that India were not wrong to replace Ravindra Jadeja with Yuzvendra Chahal, the other half thinks the Men in Blue took advantage of the rule.
India had to replace Ravindra Jadeja with Chahal after the former was hit on the head while batting in the final over of India’s innings. India decided to replace him with Chahal during the innings break after he felt dizzy. His replacement Chahal played a key role in India’s 11-run win. In fact, Chahal was the Man of the Match for taking 3 for 25 and helping India defend 161 after Australia were off to a solid start.
Before Chahal’s role with the ball, Ravindra Jadeja had starred with the bat by scoring an unbeaten 44 to help India post a competitive total. There were, however, questions raised over the replacement with the Australian camp saying that it was not a like-for-like replacement. After the game, Australia allrounder Moises Henriques had questioned whether Chahal was a like-for-like concussion substitute.
Team official reveals sequence of events:
While fingers are being pointed at Team India over the use of the substitute, a team official has revealed that the team-management did not abuse the rule. The Indian team official also insisted that there was no malice in the Indian management’s intent.
He revealed how Sanju Samson was the first to notice the blow on Ravindra Jadeja’s head before the team-management was made aware of it. The senior official also lifted the lid on how things unfolded after the allrounder walked into the dressing room.
“Sanju was the first one to see it. He immediately informed Mayank (Agarwal), who was seated next to him, that the blow was flush on the helmet. And Mayank then ran up to inform the team management,” the source told Cricbuzz.
“We immediately called for the team doctor and he started icing Jadeja’s head and neck. We were quite worried. But even after a while he told us he was feeling groggy,” he added.
Before being hit on the head, Ravindra Jadeja had also pulled up his hamstring in the 19th over. Speaking about it, the official said the team was not even focusing on it and was just looking to provide immediate help to the allrounder.
“At that point, we didn’t even focus on his hamstring. It was all about ensuring that he get immediate help. We now know all about head trauma injuries and how dangerous it can be. Our focus was to purely make sure he’s feeling better. And once the doctor had assessed him, we felt like we had no choice but to consult David Boon regarding the protocols for getting a concussion substitute,” the official explained.