After losing the three-match One Day International series by 1-2, India started their three-match Twenty20 International series with an 11-run win. But more than India’s win, Ravindra Jadeja’s concussion took the limelight alongside the concussion substitute – Yuzvendra Chahal. Meanwhile, former India batsman Mohammad Kaif feels that Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round ability has been “grossly underrated”.
Notably, he wouldn’t be featured in the rest of the two games of the three-match T20I series against Australia as Jadeja was ruled out of the remaining two T20 International games after he got hit on the helmet during the first in Canberra on Friday by a bouncer from the Australia speedster Mitchell Starc.
“For two successive games, Ravindra Jadeja showed why he is of so much value to India in white-ball cricket as he provides much-needed balance. Even after 11 years, he continues to be grossly underrated and deserves a lot more respect than he gets. Feel India will miss him dearly,” Kaif took to Twitter and shared his views.
Over the past few years, Ravindra Jadeja has been proving his worth every now and then and his all-round show provides the much-needed balance to the side as well. Jadeja smashed a quickfire 44 off 23 balls in the first T20I before being hit on his helmet, making the way for Yuzvendra Chahal’s inclusion in the second innings as a concussion substitute as well.
Chahal put up a match-winning show in the game with his 3 wickets and adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’. But his inclusion made several eyebrows. While it didn’t go well with Australia coach Justin Langer who was seen speaking with match referee David Boon during the mid-innings break, former cricketers have shared their views too. Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir too has joined the bandwagon as well.
“It’s the match referee call as well. What he thinks about it, that’s more important. I know Justin Langer would be unhappy because Ravindra Jadeja was batting, and he had a hamstring niggle as well. And getting someone like Yuzvendra Chahal who is probably a very, very good T20 bowler. He would expect it to make things worst for Australia and it did. Because the kind of impact he had in the 2nd innings, was huge from India’s point of view,” Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo.
“I understand that Australia must be frustrated, but it could be a delayed concussion as well. If there is a concussion, and there is a concussion rule, why not use it. India used it to the best of their advantage bringing in a wrist spinner. We kept talking about India may miss a wrist spinner and they did not miss the wrist spinner. He had a huge impact on this game. If there is actually concussion, so it is fair on India to use that,” he concluded.
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