Concussion substitutes make total sense in Test cricket says, Virat Kohli
India’s most successful captain Virat Kohli backed the ICC new rule on concussion substitutes, saying it makes much sense to replace a player in such situations during a test match, as the signs of trauma from a blow to the body may appear late.
The ICC’s decision on concussion substitutes introduced in international men’s and women’s cricket and world-class cricket from 1 August. It was taken after a two-year Test at Australia’s national cricket competition, says Sheffield Shield.
Under the new International Cricket Council ICC rule, a player who has suffered a concussion during batting, bowling or on the field can retire from the game and replace subject to the approval of the match umpires and referees.
On the second last day of the Final Test Match, the West Indies forced to name Jermaine Blackwood as the concussion substitute for the concussion for Darren Bravo after the Batsmen got hit and the ball stuck on the side of his helmet by delivery of Jasprit Bumrah on the third day of the test.
Although Bravo resumed his innings on the fourth day of the morning, he was unable to continue for long as symptoms of delayed concussion appeared, and be forced to retire wounded on the 23-runs.
-Virat Kohli on Concussion Substitutes-
“Well, I think it makes sense. Test cricket is very different because that day you can play, but when you go out the next day it’s a completely different situation,” Kohli said when asked about his views on concussion substitutes.
AB (de Villiers) also got hit in the IPL 2019 by Jasprit Bumrah. The night he played fine, but the next morning, he was dizzy. So, I think it makes much sense in Test cricket because when you get up the next day, you’re different from what you were the day you got hit. That’s what concussion does to you. So I agree, it makes much sense.
Last month, Australian Marnus Labuschagne became the first substitute after Steve Smith was ruled out of the second ash test at Lord’s after suffering a concussion after a blow to the neck by the pacemaker England Jofra Archer.
“I think it should be an open option to choose any batsmen you can,” Kohli said. “You only have between 15 and 16 people on the team, so you don’t have more than five people to choose from, and invariably 3 of them would be bowlers.”
“I don’t think there are too many options there. So, whatever substitutes available for you, choose from each other. 4-5 substitutes are good enough to choose from.”
India won the two match series against the West Indies 2-0 with a 257-runs victory in the second Test to beat the 120-point count at the ICC World Test Championship.