How Did Chahal Ended Up As Jadeja's Concussion Substitute? - All Questions Answered
In the last few days, the cricketing world has read and used the word concussion a lot. First with the Ravindra Jadeja incident during the first T20I and then Will Pucovski being hit on the head during the warm-up game against India A.
In both the events, the batsman got ruled out for the remainder of the game. Jadeja has still not recovered from the injury and is likely to be unavailable for at least the next ten days. Pucovski has been ruled out from the second warm-up game, which is to begin on 11th December.
How did the Rule Came Into Existence?
In 2014, Phil Hughes was fatally hit on the neck by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game. The International Cricket Council(ICC) has since then been on its toes in safeguarding players from injuries, sometimes fatal, during a cricket match. In 2016/17, the ICC approved the player replacements in all formats of men and women’s international cricket and for first-class cricket worldwide. The rule was adopted by England and Wales Cricket Board in 2018. The rule, after a successful outcome in the domestic matches, was implemented for the international matches as well.
During the Ashes 2019, Steve Smith became was struck by a Jofra Archer delivery in the first innings after which Marnus Labuschagne was named as the first concussion substitute. Smith got ruled out for the remainder of the game, and Labuschagne batted in the third innings.
What Does The Rule Say?
Teams will have the option of replacing a player who has sustained a head or neck injury during an international match and has subsequently been diagnosed with a concussion or suspected concussion.
How Will ICC Approve An In-game Replacement?
When the player is hit on the head or neck, he will need to be formally diagnosed by the team medical representative. Then an official request should be sent to the ICC match referee by the team manager or the medical representative. In the form, the representative should specify the incident and the proposed like for like replacement.
What is a 'like for like' replacement?
Like for like replacement is a player who was earlier not part of the playing XI of the team during the match, and offers the same duties as the player concussed. The match referee needs to make sure that a practical 'like for like' replacement is given without providing the team an excessive advantage.
If a fast bowler is to be replaced, but his team only has a batting innings left in the Test match, it would be acceptable to replace that player with a spin bowler of similar batting ability. If a fast bowler is to be replaced, but his team only has a bowling innings left in the Test match on a deteriorating pitch, it should not be acceptable to replace that player with a spin bowler, rather he should be replaced by another fast bowler also check live cricket update here.
Case Study - How did Yuzvendra Chahal become the 'like for like' replacement for Ravindra Jadeja?
In the first T20I between India and Australia, Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the head by a rising Mitchell Starc's delivery. Jadeja after a brief pause faced the final four balls of the first innings before getting the medical attention. In the second innings, Yuzvendra Chahal came into the field after being named as Concussion Substitute for Jadeja - an all-rounder.
This is due to the fact that India now had to bowl in the second innings, and since they lost a spinning option, Chahal was the only practical like for like replacement. They could not have replaced Jadeja with any of the fast bowlers sitting on the bench, nor any batsman could have helped in bowling innings for India.
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