India wins 1st T20 : Controversy over Jadeja’s injury; ‘Like-for-like replacement’ ? Australia has doubts

Ind vs Aus 1st T20 – Jadeja’s injury controversy: Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was pulled out from the 1st T20 due to a concussion during the match on Friday. He was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal. However, the decision to replace Jadeja with Chahal – Replacing An Allrounder With A Leggie has raised controversy. Australian players like Moises Henriques and former cricketers Michael Vaughan, Tom Moody have stirred debate on like for like replacement issue.

Following the replacement, Australia coach Justin Langer was seen having an animated conversation with match referee David Boon. Skipper Aaron Finch was also present. The rule states that “there shall be a like-for-like replacement for the player who has sustained the concussion or suspected concussion”. Some former cricketers and commentators have questioned India’s decision.

Australia’s Moises Henriques, questioned whether India’s replacement was a like-for-like one.

“The concussion rule is fine. There is no doubt he (Jadeja) got hit on the head. If a player gets hits on the head and the doctor feels he is concussed, 100% he needs to be replaced. It’s just that whether it is like-for-like. One is an allrounder and a gun-fielder and the other, a bowler who bats (at) 11. That’s the only thing for me. In terms of moving forward and making the game fair, like-for-like replacements are the way to go,” said Henriques.

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What exactly happened to Jadeja ?

Notably, Jadeja picked a hamstring injury during his quickfire knock of 44 not out and looked in discomfort as he was attended by the medical team. However, he was hit on the helmet in the final over of the innings when he missed a Mitchell Starc bouncer. Jadeja was limping in the final over and was in doubt to bowl.

However, BCCI announced that Jadeja suffered a concussion and went for Chahal as his replacement. The spinner will be eligible to bowl his full four overs while Jadeja continues to be assessed.

“Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the helmet in the final over of the first innings of the first T20I. Yuzvendra Chahal will take the field in the 2nd innings as a concussion substitute. Jadeja is currently being assessed by the BCCI Medical Team,” the BCCI said in a statement.

Jadeja getting checked by India’s physio for hamstring injury during 1st T20I against Australia

Cricket greats like Michael Vaughan, Tom Moody question rules after Jadeja’s concussion replacement controversy ?

Vaughan was irked at India’s use of the substitute without following the desired protocol as Jadeja didn’t undergo a concussion test after he was seen limping in the final over.
“No Doctor or Physio came out to Test Jadeja for concussion … he then looks like his has done something to his leg … then they pull the concussion replacement,” Vaughan tweeted.

On the other hand, Moody wrote:

“I have no issue with Jadeja being substitute with Chahal. But I do have an issue with a Doctor & Physio not being present after Jadeja was struck on the helmet which I believe is protocol now?”

Ind vs Aus: What is the ICC rules on concussion?

It should be noted, as per rules, a team can ask for a like-to-like player as a concussion substitute in case a player suffers one.

“The ICC Match Referee should ordinarily approve a Concussion Replacement Request if the replacement is a like-for-like player whose inclusion will not excessively advantage his team for the remainder of the match.

Furthermore, as per International Cricket Council (ICC) protocols for concussion, the Indian physio should have walked out to check on Jadeja after he was hit on the helmet. However, nothing of sorts happened, which eventually raised many eyebrows.

“In assessing whether the nominated Concussion Replacement should be considered a like-for-like player, the ICC Match Referee should consider the likely role the concussed player would have played during the remainder of the match, and the normal role that would be performed by the nominated Concussion Replacement.”

Australia head coach Justin Langer was not happy with the match referee David Boon’s decision. He was seen contesting the decision.