Indian cricketers to be dropped if they fail Yo-Yo test
The Indian cricket team will be undergoing the Yo-Yo endurance test this weekend, prior to the historic 5-day match against Afghanistan. Further, the players selected for the limited-over series against Ireland and England will also need to pass the fitness test on June 15. As per reports, Shastri has made this test mandatory and players failing this test would be dropped from the squad.
Yo-Yo test has become an important criteria
For Ravi Shastri and Co., the Yo-Yo test is the best manner in which the fitness of players can be determined. This endurance test became a mandatory challenge under Shastri, when the team toured Sri Lanka last year. As per reports, players will have to achieve at least 16.1 mark in the test. This is the benchmark, which has been set for the players.
What is the Yo-Yo test?
Three cones A, B and C are put in place prior to the test. Cones A and B are five metres apart. The distance between B and C is 20 metres. The player has to run at full pace between cones B and C and then from C to B. The timing between these laps is used to determine the fitness of the participant.
When Yuvi and Raina had failed the test
Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina had failed their Yo-Yo tests and were dropped from the Indian ODI side last year. Even Washington Sundar had failed the test. With fitness crucial in today's cricket, the Yo-Yo test offers a vital solution to determine what the players can offer on field. The test is held at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
DK feels parameters pretty much achievable
Recently Dinesh Karthik had stated that the parameters are pretty much achievable. He added that only from the 17.5 m mark, it gets tougher. Indian skipper Virat Kohli had hit the 21-figure mark, with KL Rahul and Manish Pandey following suit.