Sunil Gavaskar, India’s legendary former opener, said he doesn’t agree to the concept of concussion substitute while adding that batsmen who don’t tackle bouncer well don’t deserve a concussion substitute.
In the first T20I between India and Australia, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was substituted by spinner Yuzvendra Chahal after the former was hit on the helmet. At the same time, the shot ricocheted off his bat to his forehead in the last over of India’s innings bowled by Australia’s Mitchell Starc.
Sunil Gavaskar: One Don’t Deserve Substitutes If One Is Not Good Enough To Play Bouncer And Hit On Helmet
Yuzvendra Chahal, who replaced the all-rounder picked 3 wickets for 25 runs in his quota of 4 overs and even bagged Man of Match award.
“On the business of concussion substitute itself I don’t agree because maybe I’m old-fashioned, I’ve always believed that if you’re not good enough to play the bouncer and you get hit on the helmet then you don’t deserve substitutes,” Gavaskar told India Today.
“But at the moment it is being allowed and according to the rules of the game, everything was done according to it and there was no problem with Chahal playing instead of Ravindra Jadeja, ” said the legendary opener.
India batted first after Australia opted to bowl scored 161/7 after KL Rahul scored 51. Ravindra Jadeja scored a vital unbeaten 44 off 23 balls with 5 fours and a six to see India cross 150 run mark. Australia managed 150/7 as both Yuzvendra Chahal and T Natarajan picked 3 wickets apiece.
Sunil Gavaskar: Match Referee Is Australian, And He Approved The Substitution So There Shouldn’t Be Noise About The Issue
India went on to win by 11 runs, but controversy aroused as Australian coach Justin Langer wasn’t convinced that Ravindra Jadeja was concussed. He exchanged strong words with former teammate and match referee David Boon about the fact that Ravindra Jadeja wasn’t given immediate treatment.
“The match referee is an Australian, he is a former Australian cricketer David Boon. He was okay with Chahal substituting Jadeja,” Gavaskar explained.
“They normally say like for like, you can argue that Chahal’s not an all-rounder but anyone who goes out with the bat whether he scores 1 run of 100 runs is an all-rounder as far as I’m concerned. And he bowls so it’s a like for like replacement. And the Australian match referee had no objection so I don’t see why there is so much of noise about it,” said Sunil Gavaskar.
Australia’s Moises Henriques too questioned the move whether Yuzvendra Chahal was a like-to-like replacement. Still, Sunil Gavaskar said that no question should arise for the match referee, David Boon, who agreed upon the replacement is an Australian himself.