Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques has shared his doubts on the concussion incident that took place in the first T20I against India at Manuka Oval in Canberra on Friday. Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the helmet by a bouncer off pacer Mitchell Starc in the 20th over of the first innings.
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During the innings break, Jadeja was checked for concussion by the medical team and sometime later, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who wasn’t initially picked in the playing XI, was added to the Indian side for the second innings as a ‘like-for-like’ replacement.
“From our point as a player you’ve just got to roll and get on with it,” the all-rounder was quoted saying in ESPNcricinfo while he shared the same views as Australian skipper Aaron Finch.
Once a decision is made you just move forward, says Moises Henriques
However, Henriques, who picked three wickets and scored a 20-ball 30, had his share of doubts when Chahal was roped in as a substitute.
“Once a decision has been made you just move forward and do what you can to win the fixture. When you have got professions in place to make those decisions, and there is no doubt he got a knock on the helmet, so from my point of view I do like to try and see the best in everyone.
But having said that, whether it was a like-for-like replacement, that is the only thing moving forward, that is the question we would like to see,” said the 33-year-old.
He added, “Like for like, from my point of view, it would definitely be one’s an all-rounder and a gun fielder, and the other one is an out-and-out bowler who bats at 11. That is the only thing from my point of view. I would like to look into if that is a like-for-like decision.”
The decision to bring in Chahal in place of Jadeja proved to be fatal for the hosts as the former picked the crucial wickets of Aaron Finch (35), Steven Smith (12) and Matthew Wade (7) and brought the Kohli-led side back in the game. Eventually, Chahal was adjudged as the ‘Player of the Match’ for his figures of 4-0-25-3 and he became the first concussion substitute in international cricket to garner a Man of the Match award.
Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out the remainder of the 20-over matches and in his place, pacer Shardul Thakur being added into the unit.
Team India has a chance to seal the series against the Aussies in the second T20I on December 6 at Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney.