India defeated Australia in the first T20I by 13 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal adjudged Player of The Match for his fantastic performance with the bowl. But Chahal was not the part of playing 11 despite he was awarded MoM brought some serious discussion and opinions on the concussion rule.
Actually, Ravindra Jadeja who was injured during the match was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal in accordance with the concussion rule through which he was allowed to bowl in the match.
Australian coach Justin Langer was seen discussing with match referee before the commencement of 2nd innings.
This incident invites all the cricket fraternity with their significant opinions and India veteran spinner and former Test captain Anil Kumble is the latest name in the list.
Anil Kumble heads the Cricket Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) that recommended the rule to the ICC Board said there is no issue in a spinner replacing an all-rounder.
Ravindra Jadeja sustained a concussion after being hit on the left side of his forehead in the final over of India’s batting in the first T20I at Canberra on Friday. After this, Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Ravindra Jadeja.
Kumble said, “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.
Kumble rejects the reports which said that India should step-in with all-rounder in place of the all-rounder and said-
“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 a 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.