1st T20I: Amid Jadeja-Chahal concussion debate, Michael Vaughan says India were ‘much better’ than Australia

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Ravindra Jadeja

Yuzvendra Chahal, the concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja, picked three in his 4 overs as India thumped Australia by 11 runs within the first T20I on Friday. Chasing a 161-run complete on the Manuka Oval, the hosts were mauled by spectacular bowling present of Chahal and Natarajan. Both picked three wickets every to limit Aussies to 151 of their 20 overs as India went 1-0 up within the three-game sequence.

After being put to bat first, India were bolstered by KL Rahul’s resilient half-century. However, it was Jadeja’s onslaught which guided the hosts to 161. Continuing his stellar type with the bat, the left-hander hammered an unbeaten 23-ball 44 to place his aspect within the driver’s seat.

Australia, in response, obtained off to a stable begin as skipper Aaron Finch and D’Arcy Short stitched half-century opening stand. But Chahal, an sudden change within the squad, dismissed Finch and Smith in his first two overs. The leg-spinner additionally dismissed Matthew Wade to register figures of three/25 in his fours overs. After bagging Man of the Match award at Canberra, Chahal mentioned, “I got to know that I will play just 10-15 minutes before the start of the innings.”

Chahal’s inclusion within the squad raised did elevate a couple of eyebrows. While a set of followers backed India’s tactical transfer, few questioned if Chahal was a ‘like-for-like’ alternative of Jadeja. The Indian workforce’s resolution to herald Chahal for Jadeja additionally irked Australia head coach Justin Langer, who was noticed arguing with the match referee, David Boon, earlier than the beginning of the second innings. 

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan, irked by India’s techniques, questioned over the absence of a health care provider or physio when Jadeja endured the blow. “No Doctor or Physio came out to Test Jadeja for concussion … he then looks like his has done something to his leg … then they pull the concussion replacement .. !!!!! #RatSniffed #OnOn #AUSvIND,” tweeted Vaughan.

Jadeja couldn’t play as a bowler within the second innings after a brief ball by Mitchell Starc hit his helmet throughout his knock. He, nevertheless, was assessed solely after he obtained again to the dressing room. 

Amid the heated concussion debate, Vaughan admitted that India were higher than the hosts on Friday. “Concussion debate yes but let’s be honest #India we’re just much better than #Australia today … #OnOn #AUSvIND,” he wrote.


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