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Bengaluru, 5 December (IANS). It was India’s right decision to play leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal as Ravindra Jadeja’s concussion substitute in the first T20 match played against Australia on Friday and I have no problem with the spinner replacing an all-rounder. This is to say that former India leg-spinner Anil Kumble.

Kumble would be well off the concussion rules, as he chairs the Cricket Committee of the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the same committee recommended this rule after the death of Australia’s young batsman Phil Hughes. Later the ICC gave its approval to this rule.

Jadeja suffered a head injury during the first T20 match held in Canberra on Friday. He went into the concussion and was replaced by spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who took three wickets while bowling.

Chahal took three wickets for 25 runs in four overs and was elected Man of the Match and helped India win the first T20 match.

He took wickets of Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Matthew Wade. In the last over of the first innings of the match, Jadeja was hit by Mitchell Starc at the helm. That is why Chahal came in his place like a concussion player.

Kumble won the victorious Lokpally and G. This was stated during the virtual launch of the book The Hitman: The Rohit Sharma Story written by Krishnan.

Kumble said, after the tragic demise of Phil Hughes, the rule has been in force for the last few years. When someone is hit on the head, another player has to come in place. I know that Jadeja pulled his hamstring before suffering a head injury. When he was injured, I don’t think there was much to change.

Kumble said that he had also read in some reports that Jadeja did not call the physio.

He said, I don’t think it is Jadeja’s decision to call the physio. It is up to the umpires to stop the game and call the physio. This probably did not happen because Jadeja ran for a single and continued to play. That was fine It is not necessary that they are on the field for concussion. You can return to the dressing room and then you may have a headache or dizziness. Then the doctors will go in and stay. This is probably what happened in this case.

Kumble also said that he does not believe that Jadeja is an all-rounder and only an all-rounder should have replaced him.

The former leg-spinner said, Jadeja had contributed to the batting and is a spinner, so a spinner (Chahal) was brought in as a replacement. If it is a matter of role, when India was bowling and if Jadeja had to bat and he could not bat, then I am sure Chahal would not have been brought. You must have seen a batsman in place of Jadeja. I’m sure Chahal was placed in the final 15. So, I have no problem with connection replacement.

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