India vs Australia 1st T20I-What can we learn from Chahal-Jadeja concussion fuss?

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India vs Australia 1st T20I:
1st innings: India 161/7, Jadeja 44*(23), M.Henriques(3/22)
2nd innings: Australia 150/7, Finch 35(26), Y.Chahal(3/25)
India won by 11 runs.

India vs Australia 1st T20I: India won the first game of India vs Australia T20 series by 11 runs. Friday at Manuka Oval, Canberra, both teams came with interesting lineups. The major surprise of all was, Yuzvendra Chahal was left out of the game. The legspinner is often considered T20 specialist bowler. But at the end of the day, to everyone amazement, Chahal played, took 3 wickets as well as picked up the man of the match award.

Earlier in the innings, India made 161 runs. Although KL Rahul, who had a great IPL opened the innings alongside Shikhar Dhawan and made 51 runs off 40 balls, the major highlight of the game was Ravindra Jadeja. Jadeja came to bat at No. 7 when he made a quick-fire 44 off just 23 balls.

Chahal-Jadeja Swap Saga:

India vs Australia 1st T20I

During his innings, there was one instance where the ball hit the edge of his bat and directly onto his helmet. Obviously, this kind of situations could be dangerous as ICC has strict protocol nowadays regarding concussion. After Phil Hughes incident in 2014, there has been a great dispute about the quality of helmets and all those kinds of stuff.

┬áThe ICC protocol says: “Generally, concussion symptoms will settle within two-three days and a player diagnosed with a concussion is ready to return in about a week but, in some individuals, this time might be shorter or longer. Medical oversight, as occurs in elite teams, is essential if a player is to return to play within a week or on a subsequent day of a multi-day match.”

Jadeja was hit on the helmet on the final over of the 1st innings. The medical staff was not present in the ground at the moment to have a check but there is well-possibility that delayed concussion may have happened to him. There was no other way for match officials to allow Chahal to replace Jadeja as concussion substitute due to the consequences.

India vs Australia 1st T20I: Controversy

Justin Langer, Australian Coach was definitely not happy with the decision as we can see his disapproval of the decision while talking to David Boon.

According to the ICC protocol, there should be alike replacement in case of concussion substitute. Jadeja, playing as an all-rounder batted exceptionally well. He also gives 4 complete overs to India in bowling. In case of concussion substitute, playing Chahal in place of Jadeja was almost no-brainer.

In the process, Chahal played as substitute bowler and fielder. He also became the first player to be appointed man of the match who came as a concussion substitute.

Kohli later remarked that, the concussion substitute may have worked well for him.

India vs Australia: Upcoming games

India would be playing 2nd and 3rd T20I against Australia on 6th and 8th December respectively at the same venue. After the T20I series, Test Series (Border-Gavaskar Trophy) would start on 17 December. The 1st Test on Adelaide would be Day-Night game.

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