Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja has been replaced with Yuzvendra Chahal as a “concussion substitute” in the ongoing first T20I match against Australia in Canberra. He was hit with the ball in the helmet in the last over of India’s innings, but the spinner continued to bat. However, when India came to the field, Jadeja didn’t enter the field.
Before being hit by the ball in the helmet, Ravindra Jadeja was also seen limping while running between the wicket. The physio also attended him, and after a little check-up, he continued batting. Moreover, he went on to smack boundaries and sixes.
But in the last over off Mitchell Starc’s ball, he got hit on the helmet while the ball went on the hands of Moses Henriques, but he could hold it. At that time, the physio didn’t come for a concussion test which has sparked a bit of controversy about whether Ravindra Jadeja was concussed or not.
Before the start of Australia’s innings, head coach Justin Langer was also angry while talking to the referee. He was seen a bit disappointed with the decision.
However, Yuzvendra Chahal, who was benched in this match, has taken the fields. The inclusion of the spinner is a huge plus for India as the wicket is favouring them.
UPDATE: Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the helmet in the final over of the first innings of the first T20I.
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Ravindra Jadeja again rescued India:
Talking about Ravindra Jadeja’s batting, he again played a fiery knock to make amends after India was losing the game. He got the better of Josh Hazlewood as he struck three boundaries and one six in his over. In the last over, he smacked two fours and scored 44*runs off 23 balls while gave Australia 162 runs target.
Meanwhile, according to the concussion substitute rule, the ICC allows players who suffer concussions during a match to be replaced in their team’s playing XI after the match referee’s approval. However, the regulations emphasise on a ‘like-for-like’ replacement for the concussed player.