Ravindra Jadeja ruled out of Australia T20I series, Shardul Thakur named replacement
India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been ruled out of the remainder of the T20I series against Australia. Right-arm pacer Shardul Thakur has been added to the Indian T20 squad as Jadeja’s replacement.
The southpaw had sustained a concussion after being hit on the head by a Mitchell Starc delivery in the final over of the Indian innings at the Manuka Oval on Friday.
Jadeja looked in great touch as his blistering innings of 44 runs from 23 balls helped India post a competitive total of 161/7, which later turned out to be a match-winning innings as the visitors defeated Australia by 11 runs.
“Ravindra Jadeja sustained a concussion after being hit on the left side of his forehead in the final over of the first innings of the first T20I against Australia in Canberra on 4th December 2020," the BCCI said in a statement.
"The diagnosis was confirmed based on a clinical assessment in the dressing room during the innings break by the BCCI medical team. Jadeja remains under observation and will be taken for further scans if required based on the assessment on Saturday morning. He will not take any further part in the ongoing T20I series,” the BCCI release further stated.
Yuzvendra Chahal (3/25), who had replaced Jadeja as a concussion substitute, played an important role in the Men in Blue’s victory over the Aussies in the first T20I.
Meanwhile, Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon has been added to their T20I squad for the remainder of the three-match series as they released pace bowling all-rounder Cameron Green for Australia A's warm-up against India A that starts on Sunday.