India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the remaining matches in the T20 series after suffering a concussion in the 1st T20 against Australia in Canberra. Jadeja has been replaced by Shardul Thakur in the T20 squad after a solid show with the ball in the 3rd ODI where he scalped three wickets early on in the innings.
The concussion was confirmed after a check-up in the changing area during the innings break by the BCCI Medical Team. As per BCCI, Jadeja will stay under observation and will be taken for additional checkups if and when required after the assessment on Saturday morning. Jadeja’s loss to the Indian team is immense given that Jadeja has carried his sublime form right from the ODI series.
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Following the 150 run stand between Jadeja and Pandya in the 3rd ODI, Ravindra Jadeja came blazing guns with his bat even in the first T20 where he turned saviour for the Indian team after an early collapse. The all-rounder scored 44 runs off 23 deliveries in quick succession taking India to a modest total of 161 runs at the end of 20 overs.
In the followup, Yuzvendra Chahal was included in the playing XI as Ravindra Jadeja’s replacement as per the concussion substitute rule wherein in case of a concussion, teams get the right to replace the player with a like for like replacement. Though it was well within the ICC rules, the replacement miffed Justin Langer prior to the start of the innings as he was seen having an animated discussion about it with match referee David Boon.
In the end, Chahal becoming a part of the playing XI turned out to be a blessing in disguise as he picked three key wickets of the Australian line up in the form of Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Matthew Wade to be the first concussion substitute in the World to win the Man of the Match award.