Controversy erupts after Chahal replaced Jadeja as ‘Concussion Substitute’ in first T20I


Canberra: A speculation has been mounted among the cricketing world after Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Ravindra Jadeja as a ‘concussion substitute’ in the first T20I between Australia and India. 

The India all-rounder was seen struggling due to a hamstring injury but off the second delivery of the 20th over, Jadeja, in an attempt to pull Mitchell Starc, top-edged a delivery into his helmet.

At the end of the Indian innings, it later emerged that he had been replaced by a ‘like-for-like’ option with Chahal due to being hit on the head.

Despite being hit on the helmet, Jadeja kept batting, hitting back-to-back fours off the fourth and fifth ball. Chahal came in handy for the visitors as he ends up claiming a match-winning 3/25 and player of the match award.

The decision led to speculation, terming it as a biased advantage by the visitors as he was already limping with a hamstring injury throughout his batting and had been replaced by a specialist bowler.

Australian head coach Justin Langer was seen having a verbal spat with match referee David Boon by the side of the ground during the innings break.

Former English captain Michael Vaughan and ex-Australian pacer Tom Moody also questioned as there was no physio to access Jadeja.

Netizens also expressed their take on this matter which led India to win the first T20I of the three-match series by 11 runs.

Read: Jadeja, his sub ‘Chahal’ lead India to beat Australia in first T20I