Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar finds nothing wrong in Yuzvendra Chahal coming on as a ‘concussion substitute’ for Ravindra Jadeja in the first T20I between India and Australia at the Manuka Oval on Friday. Gavaskar said he was surprised by the noise over the controversy regarding the substitute as the decision was approved by the match referee David Boon. However, the batting maestro himself doesn’t like the concept of teams being provided a cushion for a batsman’s inability to face bouncers. Also Read - Ajinkya Rahane Claims Winning Series is Priority For Him Rather Than Own Achievements
Chahal replaced Jadeja, who got hit on the head, in the first T20 International and did a star turn with figures of 3 for 25 in the Indian cricket team’s 11-run victory in Canberra. Also Read - SL vs ENG Test Highlights: Joe Root Stars With 186-Run Knock, Lasith Embuldeniya Takes Seven as England Close Gap Versus Sri Lanka in 2nd Test on Day 3
“First and foremost let me say that match referee is a former Australian cricketer David Boon. He was okay with Chahal substituting for Jadeja. They normally say like-for-like and Chahal is not an all-rounder but if he goes out with the bat whether it’s one run or 100 run, he is an all-rounder,” Gavaskar was quoted by India Today. Also Read - IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals Appoint Kumar Sangakkara as Director of Cricket
“An Australian match referee had no objection to that. So I don’t see why there is so much of noise about it.”
One of the greatest batsmen to have played the game, the 71-year-old Gavaskar however doesn’t endorse the concept as he feels it is a leverage given to batters for a technical deficiency.
“On the business of concussion substitute itself, I don’t agree with it. May be I am old fashioned and I have always believed that if you are not good enough to play the bouncer and get hit on the helmet, then you don’t deserve a substitute. I am sorry,” Gavaskar said, forthright in his observation.
“But at the moment, it is being allowed as part of the rules of the game and according to the rules of the game, there was no problem with Chahal playing instead of Ravindra Jadeja.”
Australia coach Justin Langer was seen indulging in a heated discussion with match referee David Boon after he was informed about the change during the changeover in 1st T20I in Canberra.
India have taken a 1-0 lead over Australia in the three-match series. The two teams will meet again on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.