Jermaine Blackwood Becomes Second Concussion Substitute After Darren Bravo Ruled Out
Windies cricketer Darren Bravo has been ruled out from the remainder of the ongoing Jamaica Test against India due to concussion. Jermaine Blackwood became the second concussion substitute in international cricket history.
In the evening session of day three, the 30-year-old Darren Bravo received a massive blow on his helmet. During the final over of that day, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah‘s short delivery hit on Bravo’s helmet. In the result of that blow, the neck guard was totally detached and flown upon the ground. The physio soon came in the field to check Bravo and he was ok at that moment. Even then he played the last two balls of that day. Later, on that evening, Bravo also passed the concussion test which gave him the green signal to continue his innings from the beginning of the day four.
So, Bravo started the fourth day along with the other unbeaten batsman Shamarh Brooks. But after the first ball of the fourth over of the day, Bravo felt uneasy. Though he hit a four on that delivery, the left-handed batsman felt uncomfortable during the running. Soon, the physio came to check him. Then, he decided to go off the field.
While Bravo was not out on 18 runs at the stumps on day three, he decided to retire hurt on 23 runs.
Right-handed batsman Jermaine Blackwood was the like-for-like replacement of Darren Bravo
— ICC (@ICC) September 2, 2019
After that retired hurt, the 27-year-old Jermaine Blackwood became the like-for-like replacement of Darren Bravo for the rest of this game. The right-handed batsman Blackwood soon came to bat after Windies lost their fourth wicket of the fourth innings of this Test match. He scored 38 runs off 72 balls (four fours and only six) before losing his wicket. Jasprit Bumrah dismissed him in this occasion.
Blackwood has played 27 Tests and he played his last Test against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in October-November 2017.
In last month, during the Lord’s Test of Ashes 2019, Australian cricketer Steven Smith faced the concussion ruled out ahead of the fifth-day morning session. Then, Marnus Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute in international cricket history. Now, Windies cricketer Jermaine Blackwood became the second concussion substitute in international cricket history.
Coming back to the Jamaica Test, Windies are chasing the whopping fourth innings target of 468 runs. After Blackwood’s dismissal, Windies are struggling on 159/5.
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