Cricket has grown over the years and fitness level eventually become one of the important aspects of the cricketers in the today’s world, as Yo-Yo test has become one of the important pillars to work on owing to the contemporary cricket.
These days cricket is not only about batting or bowling, fitness has become an integral part. Meanwhile, since the inception of Virat Kohli at the helm of the team, he has taken the fitness to a next level.
Earlier, it was reported the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had made it mandatory for Indian cricketers to undergo the Yo-Yo test in a bid to prove their fitness to play any form of cricket for the nation.
Ahead of the One-off Test against Afghanistan and A tours to England and Windies, many cricketers were asked to prove their fitness.
Well, India have often struggled in the past due to their poor fitness standards and many supporters will welcome this move ahead of a gruelling England schedule.
We take a look at the players who have failed to pass the fitness test and hence find themselves in troubled waters:
India’s premier pacer from Bengal, Mohammed Shami failed to pass the fitness test and will be out of the Afghanistan Test starting on Thursday (June 14).
Delhi pacer Navdeep Saini will replace him for the only Test against Afghanistan.
Saini was also part of India’s Test squad during their tour to South Africa and has been around the circuit for a while.
However, he will have to regain his fitness with the upcoming England Test series in less than two months time.
Hours before Shami, Sanju Samson, the young batsman from Kerala also failed to clear the Yo-Yo (fitness) test. As a result, he will miss India A’s tour to the United Kingdom (UK), later this month.
The 23-year-old fell way below the prescribed mark of 16.1 which led to his ouster from the squad for the tour.
Samson came off a decent time in the IPL 2018 with Rajasthan Royals (RR), scoring 441 runs in 15 games.
Though his form went down towards the end, he will be disappointed to miss a chance to impress the national selectors.
The Tamil Nadu-based all-rounder rose to prominence during his stint with now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the IPL 2017.
However, he was in the news for the wrong reasons when he failed to clear the Yo-Yo test after a domestic match for his state team back in 2017.
Sundar had hit his maiden first-class ton against Tripura after which he attempted to take the fitness test but came on the wrong side of it.
Sundar has represented India in the limited-overs format and was a star performer in the tri-nation series; Nidahas Trophy.
Meanwhile, Sundar had an IPL tournament to forget but will be hoping to come back with a bang in the near future.
The talented southpaw Suresh Raina was dropped from the national side in 2017 after he failed to clear the Yo-Yo test ahead of the ODIs against Sri Lanka.
The star performer for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) over the years then took it to heart.
The left-handed aggressive batsman proved that he still has a lot of cricket in him by working hard and ahead of the tour to South Africa, he successfully cleared the yo-yo test.
Raina also proved his mettle in the IPL for the Super Kings. He played some crucial knocks as Chennai lifted the title after returning to the league after two years.
A lot has changed for India’s Man of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup. Yuvraj, one of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball, fought off cancer to showcase his strong temperament and desire to lead by an example.
The Mohali-based professional failed to get his cricket career back and missed out from India’s squad for the series against Sri Lanka pertaining to his failure to pass the Yo-Yo test.
However, Yuvraj eventually managed to clear the test ahead of India’s tour to South Africa but still awaits a return to the national side.
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