Yuzvendra Chahal was comfortably sitting in the dressing room when Team India took the field against Australia for the first T20I at the Manuka Oval, Canberra. He was not a part of the playing eleven as India preferred Washington Sundar and Ravindra Jadeja.
But by the time the game ended, he was the Man of the Match as the Men in Blue beat Australia by runs to take the lead in the three-match series. Yuzvendra Chahal got a chance to showcase his bowling skills after he replaced Ravindra Jadeja in the playing eleven as concussion substitute.
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 he was subbed out before the start of Australia’s innings.
Since the rules call for like for like replacement, India replaced Jadeja with Yuzvendra Chahal. And the leg-spinner made the most of the opportunity. He picked up 3 crucial wickets for 25 runs to play a vital role in India’s win.
What a performance by Yuzvendra Chahal! He has dismissed Matthew Wade off his final delivery to leave Australia's chase in trouble.#AUSvIND SCORECARD ? https://t.co/FpDYCXHojX pic.twitter.com/K0eWNKMMzg
— ICC (@ICC) December 4, 2020
The leg-spinner gave the visitors the much-needed breakthrough by dismissing Aaron Finch to end the 56-run stand between the Australia skipper and D’Arcy Short for the first wicket. He then dismissed Steve Smith cheaply before accounting for Matthew Wade on the final ball of his spell.
Twitter reacts to Yuzvendra Chahal’s performance:
When India decided to replace Jadeja with Yuzvendra Chahal, Australia were not at all impressed with it. Their head coach Justin Langer, Finch and ICC Match Referee David Boon were seen having a heated conversation over the same. And one can say that Chahal’s performance must have rubbed more salt to Australia’s wounds.
The Indian fans, however, were extremely happy with Chahal’s performance and took to Twitter to laud him. Some even took digs at Langer and Finch for their objection to the substitute earlier in the match.
Here are some of the reactions:
Chahal winning player of the match is definitely the cherry on top of this match. #AUSvIND
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 4, 2020
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 4, 2020
Jadeja-Chahal deserve a Man-Of-The-Match award for a beautiful joint all-round performance as substitute and substitutee. #AUSvIND
— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) December 4, 2020
Jadeja, Concussion, Chahal and Natarajan beat Australia in first T20I.#AUSvIND
— Nikhil ? (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 4, 2020
If you need a picture to get Justin Langer angry, send this to him ?#AUSvIND.
Sir Jadeja and Lord Chahal. pic.twitter.com/NOAFcLwXIQ
— ? R O C K ? (@_rockalcoholic) December 4, 2020
Now Australian fans and media will crib about the Chahal substitute ???
It was well within the ICC rules. Match referee approved it! #AUSvsIND
— Vinesh Prabhu (@vlp1994) December 4, 2020
??IND 1-0 up in the series, Well done Sir Jadeja , first scoring those crucial runs n then getting Chatur Chahal on the park ?!! Natrajan was special too !! #indvsausT20
— Mithun Manhas (@MithunManhas) December 4, 2020
– Not part of the Eleven.
– Came as Concussion Substitute.
– Picked the wickets of Finch, Smith, Wade.
– Given just 25 runs from 4 overs.
What a spell, Yuzi Chahal – Great Turn around from the ODI series.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) December 4, 2020
Chahal take 3 wicket as concussion substitute player
Australian batsman to Justin Langer :- pic.twitter.com/vwv6w5zfz7
— иιωєѕн (@niwesh13) December 4, 2020
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) December 4, 2020
I like that this Chahal-Jadeja incident has added a bit of spice to the series. All the niceness & laughing & joking & go-well-youngster & we’re-all-mates & I-love-you-cause-IPL-rocks was getting a bit annoying. It’s an India tour of Australia after all! #AUSvIND
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) December 4, 2020
Justin Langer to referee after watching Chahal's performance pic.twitter.com/WxXQL1JWO3
— Muskurahat ?? (@__Muskurahat__) December 4, 2020
so chahal started the day being dropped from the XI and is ending it as a man of the match contender…cricket IS a funny game! #AUSvsIND
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) December 4, 2020
— Darpan Bhandari (@dbhandar21) December 4, 2020