While hitting, however, it wasn’t a knock on the head but a damn hamstring that teased Jadeja.
He hit Josh Hazlewood for 23 runs in the 19th over, but appeared to be in a big fight after the third ball. The team physiotherapist came running out and had to tie him up. In the next round, bowled by Mitchell Starc, Jadeja was knocked on the helmet.
The batsman showed no immediate sign of discomfort.
However, according to skipper Kohli, Jadeja came in dizzy after his knock, and Indian team management decided to use the concussion rule to replace Jadeja after a thorough medical inspection by the doctor.
After the replacement, Australian coach Justin Langer saw an animated conversation with match referee David Boon. Skipper Aaron Finch was also present. The rule states that “there will be an equivalent substitute for the player who sustained the concussion or suspected concussion”.
While some former cricketers and commentators questioned India’s decision, Australian skipper Aaron Finch downplayed the issue, saying the medical opinion cannot be challenged.
Finch’s teammate Moises Henriques, however, wondered if India’s replacement was a like-for-like.
The concussion is fine. There is no doubt that he (Jadeja) was hit on the head. If a player is hit to the head and the doctor feels that he has a concussion, he must be 100% replaced. It’s just that whether it’s like-for-like. One is an all-rounder and a gunfighter and the other, a bowler hitting (out) 11, “Henriques said in response to a question from TOI.
“That’s the only thing for me. When it comes to moving forward and making the game fair, equivalent substitutions are the way to go,” he added.
Sanju Samson clarified that it was on the advice of the physiotherapist that India was using the concussion.
“When he returned to the locker room, the physio asked him how he felt. He said he felt a little dizzy. He is being observed according to the advice of the team doctor, ”said Samson.