Indian cricket team’s decision to field Yuzvendra Chahal as a concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja in the first T20I against Australia has divided opinions. Jadeja was hit on the helmet during India innings but kept batting and but was later substituted by the legspinner.

Jadeja was hit during the final over of the India innings but he during which he was seen limping while running between the wickets. This was after he had been treated for a hamstring issue.

The development didn’t go down well with Australia coach Justin Langer who was filmed having an animated chat with match referee David Boon.

Chahal went on to take three vital wickets after India posted 161/7 thanks to Jadeja’s late blitz.

“Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the helmet in the final over of the first innings of the first T20I. Yuzvendra Chahal will take the field in the 2nd innings as a concussion substitute. Jadeja is currently being assessed by the BCCI Medical Team,” read a BCCI post on its Twitter handle.

However, former England captain Michael Vaughan raised a big question mark over the substitution.

“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,” he tweeted.

However, commentator Harsha Bhogle advised caution before jumping to conclusion.

“The only thing we need to be careful about before passing judgement on the concussion substitute episode was whether there was delayed concussion; whether he showed symptoms after going back to the dressing room. We don’t yet know the answer to that. At the time, didn’t look bad,” he wrote.

Cricket fans were quick to express their views

Meanwhile, Chahal put in a starring performance with the ball as India defeated Australia by 11 runs to take 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Chahal took 3/25 while debutant T Natarajan also impressed with 3/30 as India kept Australia to 150/7 Manuka Oval.