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Hamstring or concussion? Speculation mounts about Jadeja injury substitute

Jadeja concussion
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

There was considerable speculation around the decision to replace Ravindra Jadeja with Yuzvendra Chahal as a concussion substitute in the first Australia-India T20I, after the India all-rounder was already seen struggling with a hamstring injury.

Jadeja was replaced by Chahal at the end of the India innings, right after he had bludgeoned a 23-ball 44, helping India recover from 92-5 to 161-7. Off the second delivery of the 20th over, Jadeja, in an attempt to pull Mitchell Starc, top-edged a delivery into his helmet. The ball lobbed to square leg, where Moises Henriques made a tumbling effort, but couldn’t latch on.

Despite the blow, Jadeja kept batting, hitting back-to-back fours off the fourth and fifth delivery and ending with 22 runs off his last 11 deliveries. However, it later emerged that he had been replaced by a ‘like-for-like’ option in Chahal for the second innings: a BCCI update mentioned that Jadeja was ‘currently being assessed by the medical staff’.

The timing of the decision led to speculation: many wondered if the decision to replace Jadeja was an unfair advantage, as he was already struggling with an apparent hamstring injury in the first innings, and had been replaced by a specialist bowler. After the third ball of the 18th over, Jadeja was seen holding his right hamstring, and was attended to by the physiotherapist.

In the innings break, Justin Langer, the Australia head coach, was seen having a heated discussion with match referee David Boon by the side of the ground, with skipper Aaron Finch, padded up, quietly hearing the discussion.

To add to the drama, Yuzvendra Chahal, who was left out of the playing XI, and bowled a fantastic spell, picking up 3-25 from his four overs. And as expected, Twitter was filled with comments surrounding the two injuries to Jadeja, and whether India conveniently used the option to substitute.

However, as commentator Harsha Bhogle pointed out, the concussion could have been a delayed one, when the symptoms show up only after a while.

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