Sunil Gavaskar lashed out on the like-for-like substitution rule while commentating during the 2nd Test match between India and Bangladesh. The former cricketer feels that this rule does not incline well in the textbook of cricket.
Gavaskar is not happy with like for like replacement
Gavaskar expressed his views after there were two concussion subs for the Bangladesh side. Liton Das and Nayeem Hasan were swapped by Mehidy Hassan and Taijul Islam respectively. Both Bangladeshi batsmen were ruled out after they were hit by the bouncers from Mohammad Shami.
“I am not liking this new rule of like-for-like substitution. When there is a physical injury, there is no replacement for the player and they are simply ruled out but the batsmen hit on the helmet, have the luxury of leaving the game with the help of this rule. If, as a batsman, you are not capable of playing the short-ball just leave playing cricket and do something else”, Gavaskar said.
Remember, like-for-like substitution allows a batsman who suffers from a concussion during the game to be substituted for the rest of the match by a player possessing similar characteristics.