Anil Kumble, former Indian spinner and coach, opinioned that he did not see any issue with a spinner Yuzvendra Chahal replacing an all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
Ravindra Jadeja took a blow in his head while batting during 1st T20I and Yuzvendra Chahal came as a concussion substitute replacing the all-rounder.
Anil Kumble : Concussion Doesn’t Necessarily Mean It Has To Happen On Field
Anil Kumble pointed that the rule has been in force for last couple of years keeping in mind the tragic demise of Phil Hughes in 2014 when he died after being hit by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game in Australia.
“This rule has been in force for the last couple of years after the tragic demise of Phil Hughes. There was a push for a substitute to come in when someone gets hit on the head and concussion is a big thing. I know Jadeja did pull his hamstring after he got hit on the head or before he got hit. Whenever he got hit I don’t think it has got anything to do with replacement,” Kumble said at a virtual launch of ‘The Hitman: The Rohit Sharma Story’, written by Vijay Lokapally and G. Krishnan.
“I don’t think it is Jadeja’s call to ask for a physio. It is for the umpires to stop the game and call for a physio. That did not happen perhaps because Jadeja ran for the single and he continued to play. He was fine. And concussion doesn’t necessarily mean it has to happen on the field. You can come back to the dressing room and then you may feel headache or dizziness. That’s when the doctors will step in and stop. That’s what probably happened in this case,” the former India captain explained.
Ravindra Jadeja was hit in the head in the final over of India’s innings but umpires didn’t intervene and stop the game by bringing in doctors and physios as Ravindra Jadeja felt fine and there were only a few balls left in India’s innings. He continued to play but after going back to dressing room probably felt dizziness and so a concussion substitute in the form of Yuzvendra Chahal replaced him while India bowled.
Anil Kumble Don’t See Any Issue With Concussion Replacement
Anil Kumble reasoned that concussion necessarily may not happen in the field and he approved Yuzvendra Chahal replacing Ravindra Jadeja as he is a spinner like an all-rounder. In case Ravindra Jadeja was concussed during fielding, India should have looked at a batsman as alike to like replacement, according to the legendary spinner.
“But Jadeja had done his part of the batting. So, you look at the other skills he brings in. He is a spinner. That’s why a spinner [Chahal] was brought in as a like-to-like replacement. If the roles were to be replaced, for example, if he was concussed when on the field when India was bowling and if Jadeja had to bat and couldn’t bat then I am sure Chahal wouldn’t have been like-to-like replacement. You would have looked at a batsman to come in place of Jadeja. I am sure Chahal would have been listed in the 15. I don’t see any issue with the concussion replacement,” he insisted.
Both Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal contributed with bat and ball respectively. The all-rounder scored an unbeaten 44 while the spinner took 3 wickets and was adjudged Man of Match too in India’s 11 run win in 1st T20I.