Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar said on Friday that there was a breach of protocol in using the concession for Ravindra Jadeja in the first T20 International against Australia. Manjrekar questioned why the physio did not go to the ground to examine him when Jadeja’s helmet hit the ball in the last over. India won by 11 runs in the match played in Canberra on Friday.
Jadeja’s helmet hit the ball in the match on Friday. He also suffered a hamstring injury in the last over. Jadeja continued to bat even after the ball hit the helmet and added nine more runs to the Indian team’s account. India won the match by 11 runs. Jadeja went out of the ground limping at the end of the innings but he did not stop batting due to concussion.
The statement issued by the BCCI said that during the break of the innings, the medical team examined him and only after that Chahal was allowed to take off on concussion. Indian captain Virat Kohli also admitted that Jadeja was feeling dizzy after the ball was hit at the helmet.
Manjrekar said, ‘An important protocol has been violated. I am sure the match referees will pick this up with the Indian team. But protocol says that the medical team spends time with the batsman as soon as the ball is on your helmet. She asks him how he feels Physio comes there and then asks the batsman some questions. This did not happen with Jadeja. The game did not stop at all and he continued to bat.
Manjrekar further said, ‘He added nine more runs after this. It was not a big score but he should have spent at least 2-3 minutes with the Indian support staff after the ball was hit. At least it would have seemed more reliable. ‘
Manjrekar said, ‘I would like to say one thing here, David Boon had no other option but to give CONCUSION SUBSTITUTE to India. He could not say that he could not allow it because it was not noticed after the ball was hit. After requesting the Indian team, they had no other option but to give permission.
Australian coach Justin Langer was visibly upset during the break. He was arguing heavily with David Boon. However, Australian team captain Aaron Finch did not pay much attention to this. He said that he cannot question the assessment of the medical team too much. Even Chahal took three wickets for 25 runs.