Indian All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the T20I series after suffering a concussion in the first match.
Ravindra Jadeja took a blow to the helmet while facing Mitchell Starc.
The physio didn’t come out to do the concussion test, but Ravindra Jadeja was assessed and diagnosed during the innings break.
Ravindra Jadeja managed to bat through the concussion as he hit 44, propelling India to a good score.
His performance allowed India to put a respectable score on the board after some quick wickets.
The concussion was not the only injury in the match.
While taking a quick two, Ravindra Jadeja injured his hamstring and was in discomfort throughout the innings.
He limped through his runs while getting some strapping in the middle.
The head’s blow was also problematic as the ball carried to the backward point off the helmet.
The catch was dropped, but the distance shows the impact it may have had on the helmet.
During the innings break, India used the concussion test as they were allowed a substitute for Ravindra Jadeja.
Yuzvendra Chahal took the field in place of Ravindra Jadeja.
Chahal joined Washington Sundar to form the spin attack in the side.
The replacement did result in a conversation between the match referee, David Boon, and Australia’s head coach, Justin Langer.
Chahal joined the side and took three wickets as India restricted Australia to 150.
He took the wickets of Aaron Finch and Steve Smith.
In Jadeja’s absence, Chahal and Washington Sundar are the remaining spin options for the Indian team.
Jadeja’s absence may leave a void as India lose an experienced and tight spinner.
They will also miss his batting as he has shown good form of late.
In place of him, Sundar is likely to move up a spot as India’s batting line-up may feel lighter.
Shardul Thakur has been added to the T20I squad as a replacement.
Thakur played the final ODI and did an exceptional job.
He took three wickets and also had a remarkable IPL for the Chennai Super Kings.
His ability to bat may also help as India will struggle for batting depth in Jadeja’s absence.
Of late, Ravindra Jadeja has done a brilliant job with the bat.
He has provided crucial knocks over the last year and did well as a finisher in the IPL.
He played a crucial part in the third ODI, as Jadeja and Pandya combined with having a strong partnership, allowing India to cross three hundred after a middle-order stumble.
Jadeja scored a superb half-century and turned the game around in the last few overs.
He repeated in the first T20I, as he started slow and took apart Hazlewood and Starc in the death.
He has made a name for himself as a batting-allrounder, and the side will miss his lower-order presence.
Along with his batting and tight bowling, India will miss Jadeja in the field.
Jadeja is one of the world’s best fielders, with fantastic catching abilities and the skill to nail direct hits with ease.
India does have other talented fielders like Manish Pandey, who can cover the absence.
Ravindra Jadeja will remain under observation, as he will be in a race to achieve fitness for the Test series.
The first Test series begins on the 17th, and Ravindra Jadeja is expected to be a vital member.
He may not make the first eleven ahead of Ashwin, but the value he provides is again a discussion point.
He played a crucial role in India’s last test series in Australia, and India will be hoping his concussion heals soon.
Along with the concussion, details regarding the hamstring injury are still uncertain.
The side will surely be hoping the hamstring gets better before the Tests as well.