Physio not coming out after Jadeja getting hit is breach of protocol, feels Manjrekar

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December 5, 2020

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New Delhi, Dec 5: Indian physio Nitin Patel's absence on the field of play just after Ravindra Jadeja got hit on the head by a Mitchell Starc bouncer in the final over of the innings is a "breach" of concussion protocol, feels former India batsman-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.

Jadeja, who had also suffered a hamstring injury, was replaced by Yuzvendra Chahal, who got 3 for 25 to guide India to an 11-run victory in the first T20 International against Australia in Canberra on Friday.

"There is one important breach of protocol that has happened," Manjrekar said on 'Sony Six' on Friday.

"I am sure the match referee will raise it with India but one of the main things with that protocol, the moment you get hit on the head, they (physio) have to spend time with the batsman out there, asking how he feels.

"The physio (Nitin Patel in this case) has to come in and there are a certain set of questions that need to be asked. With Jadeja, it just happened, there was hardly any delay and he continued playing," Manjrekar said.

In fact, former Australia cricketer Tom Moody also raised doubts about the severity of Jadeja's injury since it didn't require medical attention. "I have no issue with Jadeja being substituted with Chahal. But I do have an issue with a doctor and physio not being present after Jadeja was struck on the helmet which I believe is the protocol now," said former Australia cricketer Tom Moody, who is now a coach and a commentator.

Manjrekar, for his part, said that Jadeja continuing to bat didn't give any massive advantage to India as they added only nine runs after that but the credibility of his injury could be questioned.

"He added just nine runs, it wasn't a massive advantage," Manjrekar said. "But after that (hit), there should have been at least two to three minutes where the India support staff should have come out. And then, it would have looked a little more credible."

However, Manjrekar agreed that match referee David Boon had no option but to allow India a concussion substitute. "I would say one thing though, David Boon had no choice but to give India the concussion substitute because he would not have the courage to say that he wouldn't allow it because, at the time of impact, no attention was given," he said.

"He had to give the concussion substitute once the request was made."

Manjrekar said that while the rules are made with good intentions, some thought needs to be put in so that teams don't misuse it.

"After this, there is going to be a lot of thought given to the concussion substitute and the whole concept, because we, as players, there are rules made with good intentions, but we're masters at just trying to find a loophole in the rule to our own advantage.

"Whether India took advantage, I don't know but there's something that ICC will start looking at," Manjrekar said.

Manjrekar believes that the ICC will have a look at the fact that the physio didn't come out to attend to Jadeja.

"You know what ICC or referee will have a problem with this is there was no visit by the physio, nobody came, no time was taken to see him, he carried on playing."

The concept of like-for-like replacement can also be questioned since Jadeja had a hamstring injury.

"The ICC will also make sure no team uses it unfairly, I am not suggesting India used it unfairly and got an unfair advantage. They want a like-for-like replacement. In this case, Jadeja, with the hamstring, is not the same bowler as Chahal was," Manjrekar said.

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January 15,2021

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Brisbane, Jan 15: India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was targetted for abuse by a section of the crowd on the opening day of the fourth Test against Australia, a local newspaper reported, claiming that he was called a "grub" by some spectators.

The reported incident happened a few days after Siraj was racially abused by spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground on the third and fourth day of the drawn third Test. That had led to an expulsion of six people from the stands and an unreserved apology from Cricket Australia to the visiting team.

On Friday, a report in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' quoted a spectator as saying that a section of the crowd at the Gabba targetted Siraj.

"The guys behind me have been calling - shouting - both Washington and Siraj grubs," a spectator named Kate was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

"It started targeted at Siraj and it was a chant similar to the SCG one (in which fans sung to the tune of Que Sera, Sera but substituted the lyrics with Que Shiraz, Shiraz).

"But this time it was Siraj. I suspect it's not a coincidence that it's Siraj being targeted post the SCG stuff."

According to the newspaper, at one point, a man in the crowd was heard yelling, "Siraj, give us a wave, give us a wave, give us a wave. Siraj, you bloody grub."

Play was halted during the Sydney Test for about 10 minutes after Siraj complained of racial abuse from a section of the crowd. The BCCI had also lodged a complaint with the match referee against the abuse.

CA had promised strongest possible action against the offenders, which included the possibility of them being banned for life from the SCG.

The ICC had condemned the incidents of Indian players being subjected to racial abuse by the spectators and had sought an action-taken report from CA.

Former cricketers and current players like India captain Virat Kohli, Australia skipper Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer had also condemned the incidents at the SCG.

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January 17,2021

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Brisbane, Jan 17: Fighting back through debutant Washington Sundar and Shardul Thakur, India reached 253 for six at tea on the third day of the series-deciding fourth Test against Australia here on Sunday.

Washington (38) and Thakur (33) have added 67 runs for the unbeaten seventh wicket after India lost four wickets.

Resuming at 62 for two, skipper Ajinkya Rahane (37) was watchful till he went for a flashy drive off Mitchell Starc and ended up getting caught in slips. Before his dismissal, Cheteshwar Pujara (25) fell to a peach of delivery off Josh Hazlewood in the opening session.

In the second session, India lost Mayank Agarwal (38) and young Rishabh Pant (23) and innings seemed to be falling apart but Washington and Thakur resisted the Australian attack with aplomb.

Brief Scores:

Australia 1st innings: 369 all out 115.2 overs (M Labuschagne 108; T Paine 50, M Wade 45; T Natarajan 3/78, S Thakur 3/94, W Sundar 3/89).

India 1st innings: 253 for 6 in 87 overs. (R Sharma 44, M Agarwal 38, A Rahane 37; J Hazlewood 3/43, P Cummins 1/79).

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January 7,2021

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Bilbao, Jan 7: Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman is thrilled to see strikers Lionel Messi and Pedri team up to stunning effect as Barca overcame an early setback to win 3-2 against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

Inaki Williams' early strike gave a 1-0 lead to Bilbao until Pedri equalised in the 14th minute of the game. Pedri scored through a header off Frenkie de Jong's cutback cross. Messi then gave a one-goal lead as he netted the ball in the 38th minute.

Just after the one hour mark, Messi scored again to give his side a two-goal cushion. Inner Muniain reduced the deficit to one goal as he found a net in the concluding minutes of the second half.

"Pedri is showing despite his youth that he is very mature. Messi has always shown his desire but today also with goals. It is very important," Goal.com quoted Koeman as saying after the match.

"The final result is a bit short because we have been superior in many phases. They made it 1-0 and we did not have the defensive coordination, but then we controlled [the game]," he added.

Koeman is elated with the win and said the side deserved the result and they are on right track.

"I am happy with the result and with how we have achieved it. We have deserved it. Winning because of our game and our opportunities. The teamwork has been phenomenal. We will fight until the last match. There is the distance [to go], but we are on the right track."

Barca is at third spot with 31 points and will next take on Granada in the LaLiga on Saturday.

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