The first T20I between India and Australia saw heavy debate over the rule of all-rounder option after the inclusion of all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in place of leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal when India came out to defend a total score of 162 in Canberra. . Jadeja was killed at the helm by Mitchell Starc, and was later seen suffering from hamstring strain. Despite his woes, the left-handed batsman played a 23-ball 44-run knock to take India to a solid position.
On the other hand, his substitute Chahal worked magic with the ball, who recorded figures of 3/25 in his 4 overs as India won the match by 11 runs. The leg-spinner became the first concussion option to be awarded the Man of the Match award.
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Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli explained why the Indian team used a substitute option in the match.
“Jaddu got a knock on his head and was a little dizzy and still is. The consolation replacement is a strange thing, today it worked for us, maybe for the second time it doesn’t get like that, ”Kohli said.
“There was no plan to be a Yuzhi in the game. Yuzhi showed character to squeeze opponents. I thought they had started off well. They were cruising. The batsmen gave us some wickets. This is T20 cricket for you.
“In Australia, you need to show hard work and intensity till the end. He batted beautifully in the last game. Natarajan is feeling that he can improve a lot. Chahar also bowled well. Chahal brought us back to the game. Hardik’s catch was also a game changer, ”he added.
India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Both teams will clash again in Sydney on Sunday.
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