Ravindra Jadeja on Friday was ruled out of the rest of the T-20 International series against Australia after copping a blow to helmet in the first game in Canberra.
Jadeja, who was hit on the helmet off a top-edge in the final over of the first innings, was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal in the second innings. Attempting the pull on a short delivery from Mitchell Starc, the 31-year-old ended up being ruled out for concussion but only after finishing the innings as he smashed two successive boundaries off Starc on the fourth and fifth ball of the 20th over.
Earlier in the innings, Jadeja was seen limping with a hamstring injury and still somehow played a match-saving knock of an unbeaten 44 runs using just 23 balls. India’s decision to bring in a like-for-like substitute, however, didn’t go down very well with Aussie coach Justin Langer. The broadcaster’s camera spotted him having an animated discussion with match referee Sir David Boon about the development in the innings break.
His anger was only just as Jadeja didn’t have to undergo a concussion test right away and piled on another 9 runs at that. However, ICC rules allow for the concussion test to be done at the end of the over and that coincided with the innings break here.
According to the BCCI, its medical team confirmed the diagnosis during the innings break in the dressing room based on a clinical assessment. “Jadeja remains under observation and will be taken for further scans if required based on the assessment on Saturday morning. He will not take any further part in the ongoing T20I series,” the BCCI statement read.
Jadeja’s innings, especially the last nine runs mattered as Australia came within 12 runs of winning the first T20I. Concussion substitute Chahal then took over in the second innings and picked three important wickets of Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade trading just 25 runs from his full quota of 4 overs. He was the Man of the Match at the end of the game.
The Senior Selection Committee has added Shardul Thakur, who played the 3rd ODI, to India’s T20I squad for the remaining two games to be played on 6th and 8th December in Sydney.