The ‘Yo-Yo fitness test’ was conducted last week at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore whose results decided the 15-members of the Indian squad for the 5-match ODI and one-off T20I. Veteran Indian cricketers Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh reportedly failed that particular fitness drill and got dropped this time. On the other hand, this drill also revealed the fitness levels of the other Indian cricketers.
All the players earned some points during this exercise. Each player’s final score decided their fate for the forthcoming series. According to a PTI report, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has set a par score of 19.5 for the current Indian team. Yuvraj Singh managed to touch 16 which was way below than the par score and led him out of the squad. However, Suresh Raina’s score is yet not known.
The reports also stated that the Australian cricketers score 21 points at an average. However, in India, players like Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey often hit that mark.
According to an Indian sports website, Cricket Lounge, this time Manish Pandey topped the Test with a score of 19.2 while Virat Kohli stood second after scoring 19. Wicket-keeper MS Dhoni came third in this test.
As per the reports, players of the earlier era, the Indian players of the 1990’s would have scored around 16 to 16.5. However, players like Mohammed Azharuddin, Robin Singh or Ajay Jadeja had scored more than that.
What is Yo-Yo Test?
Yo-Yo Test is a fitness Test where cones are placed to mark out two lines 20 meters apart. Players run as in when instructed and are supposed to listen to the automated beeps carefully and turn between the cones while running between the 20 meters line.
The test is deemed hard as it pushes the player’s limits. If the player fails to reach the line in time, they are given an extended chance where they have to reach within the next two beeps. If the player is not able to meet with the pace, the test is stopped. This is not just used for cricket but hockey and football as well in order to determine the fitness of a player.
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