Aakash Chopra, the former Indian opener turned commentator, opinioned that head injuries are serious issues and experts cannot criticize Yuzvendra Chahal being a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja without realizing the gravity of the situation.
He made the above observation while talking about the rules of concussion applicable for the incident in a video shared on his YouTube channel.
Aakash Chopra: Concussion Protocols Takes Over When Head Injuries Happen Which Didn’t Happen
Aakash Chopra believed that Indian physiologist and doctor should have immediately examined the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja at the instant he was hit on the head, which didn’t happen.
He suggested that the all-rounder’s hamstring injury was evident and concussion protocols had to have adhered as soon as he got hit on the head.
“The rule says that if you are hit on the head by the ball the concussion protocols take over. Which means as soon as someone is hit on the head, the team physio, medical doctors should go in and check the player’s helmet and examine his head and then only the game should move forward. Which did not happen, which was one wrong.”
“Jaddu continues to play and hits one or two shots but once he goes to the dressing room, he complains of dizziness, giddiness and the team doctor advises him not to go back to the field as he does not want to take a chance.”
“A lot of people have been saying that he faced few balls after getting hit and no one came at that moment. Let’s be honest, it is a serious issue. When you don’t know how bad his situation is, how much pain he had or how much giddiness he was having, let’s not comment.”
“The hamstring injury was genuine and was visible but the story changes entirely when you get hit on the head.”
The reputed commentator Aakash Chopra observed that the all-rounder continued to bat even after receiving the blow on his head. In the innings break, the doctor possibly advised him not to take part in the first T20I anymore. The commentator reiterated that head injuries are serious issues, and one cannot criticize Ravindra Jadeja being replaced without knowing his condition.
Aakash Chopra: David Boon Was Convinced With Team Doctor And Allowed Yuzvendra Chahal To Play
Since Ravindra Jadeja was concussed while batting, however, like to like substitute had to be fielded who can bowl quota of 4 overs for the spinner all-rounder. If he had suffered the injury while fielding a like to like substitute should have come having batting capabilities similar to the all-rounder.
“When the talk comes about the concussion substitute, it has to be a like-for-like replacement for the remainder of the match. If he had been hit while fielding in the first innings, then someone capable of batting like Jaddu would have come.”
“You cannot get a bowler who bowls like Jaddu, so you make a request for a spinner to the match referee. It was his discretion if he agrees that Chahal is like Jaddu or doesn’t. Or he may say that he is not even convinced by your injury.”
“That’s a chance you want to take or you don’t want to take. David Boon is Australian and is the match referee. He says that he is convinced with what the team doctor has said and allows Chahal to play.”
Ravindra Jadeja was already in discomfort for his hamstring injury which would have made it even more difficult to take the field and bowl his full quota of 4 overs. He top-edged a Mitchell Starc delivery in final over as the ball ricocheted to his forehead, but he continued to play considering a few balls being left in the innings.
Aakash Chopra concluded by observing that match referee David Boon being an Australian, and no issues should arise after he agreed with doctor and India’s medical staff and found Yuzvendra Chahal a suitable replacement.