Indian star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja ruled out of the second and third T20I matches against Australia after suffering a concussion in the 1st T20I on Friday (December 04) at the Manuka Oval, Canberra.
Jadeja suffered a blow to his helmet in the final over of the first innings of 1st T20I on Friday and was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal who came in as a concussion substitute in Canberra.
The fast bowler Shardul Thakur has replaced him in the second and third T20I against Australia in Sydney.
“The diagnosis was confirmed based on a clinical assessment in the dressing room during the innings break by the BCCI Medical Team,” the BCCI statement read.
“Jadeja remains under observation and will be taken for further scans if required based on the assessment on Saturday morning. He will not take any further part in the ongoing T20I series.”
However, the decision of replacing Jadeja due to a concussion has stirred controversy as the 31-year-old visibly suffered a hamstring injury while batting. Australia coach Justin Langer and the Aussie captain Aaron Finch were seen arguing with the match referee on the boundary.
During the match, Jadeja played a blistering inning for his side, leading the team to a score of 161 runs. After the Indian top order collapsed, Ravindra Jadeja played a brilliant inning that brought India back into the match. He played a blistering knock of 44 off just 23 balls with the help of 5 fours and a six.
However, Jadeja did not take the field during Australia’s chase as Chahal came in as a concussion substitute before hurting Australia’s chances. Chahal finished with 3 wickets and won the Man of the Match award.