Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra has finally cleared the air on the reports of him failing the Yo-Yo fitness test. While speaking to media personnel, Mishra claimed that he never appeared for any fitness test. The leggie suffered a knee injury after which he had been put under a rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Bangalore. Ahead of the India vs Australia series, news surfaced of Mishra having failed the Yo-Yo fitness test along with Suresh Raina and Tamil Nadu cricketer Washington Sunder. The veteran spinner said he was puzzled after he came across the reports which stated he couldn’t clear the test.
While speaking to the news agency, PTI, Mishra said, “I want to set the record straight. I never appeared for the Yo-Yo test. I was completely puzzled when I saw that I have failed the test. If I didn’t take the test in the first place, how did I fail?”
He also claimed the reports to be mere rumours. He said, “I was at the NCA doing my own running when a few other players were appearing for the Yo-Yo test. I was there on the spot, doing my own routines. Maybe whoever provided the information though I was also part of that group.”
Mishra is out from national team for a quite long now. The last game he played for India was on December 26, 2016, against New Zealand. After that, he suffered an injury. Mishra stressed on the fact that he wasn’t dropped for a poor form but because of the injury. He said, “I was not dropped from the Indian team due to poor form but for my injury. Selectors have always maintained that those who are injured will get their rightful place back once they are fit.”
The Indian leggie also praised the performance of the wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav in the team.
“I am very happy for Kuldeep as he has been doing well for India. He is a talented bowler. But I am not worried about my place in the team. I believe whoever is doing well will be in the team. It’s good that we have competition for slots in the team,” Mishra added.
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