Aaron Finch reflected on India’s concussion substitute as Australia went down in the first T20I against India at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. The home side fell 11 runs short while chasing 161 runs, Virat Kohli & Co had posted after put to bat first.
India managed to break the 160 run barrier as they got some quick runs thanks to Ravindra Jadeja. A 23-ball 44 has helped India get to a score which they can think of defending. They really threw it away in the middle overs thanks to a few loss of wickets but Jadeja got them some momentum in the last few overs before KL Rahul and Sanju Samson gave the initial impetus.
Adam Zampa bowled extremely well before Ravindra Jadeja put on the gears to post 150+ total on the board. Australian openers – Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short started off well in the run chase but once that was broken, the Indian bowling attack never relented. Yuzvendra Chahal, who came as a concussion substitute set the tone for India with two breakthroughs.
The injury got progressively worse – Aaron Finch
T Natarajan also starred with the ball for India and that too in his debut game. As wickets tumbled in the end, Australia lost the plot to go 1-0 down. Speaking at the end of the game, Aaron Finch admitted that substitute proved to be fatal for them as the game progressed.
Incidentally, Ravindra Jadeja during his batting was hit on the helmet and was hampered by his hamstring as well. The referee thanks to the blow on to the helmet allowed the concussion sub. Head coach Justin Langer looked miffed and had words exchanged with David Boon, the match referee about the incident. Aaron Finch was also part of the discussion and downplayed it saying no one can challenge an experts opinion.
“The injury got progressively worse as the game went on (about his injury to the hip). Their doctor had ruled Jadeja out due to concussion. You can’t be challenging a medical expert’s opinion. We probably leaked too may runs at the death. Then while chasing, we didn’t hit too many boundaries in the 6-over period,” Aaron Finch said.