India's Standard For Yo-Yo Test Is Quite Low: Zaheer Khan

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India’s Standard For Yo-Yo Test Is Quite Low: Zaheer Khan 

India’s Standard For Yo-Yo Test Is Quite Low: Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan (Credits - Twitter)

Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan believes that India’s standard for Yo-Yo Fitness Test is quite low. Indian team management has set the passing score of Yo-Yo Test to 16.1. Meanwhile, it is well known that other teams have set a higher passing score for the Yo-Yo Test.

In fact, the highly professional footballers achieve a Yo-Yo score of around 20. Therefore, Zaheer Khan believes that if a player fails to achieve the sub-standard score, then there is something wrong.

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Zaheer Khan shares his thoughts on Fitness test. Credits: Cricbuzz

Zaheer Khan believes that players should reach the sub-standard score.

The Yo-Yo Test has created a lot of chatter in the recent past. In fact, players who failed to clear the fitness test were shown the exit doors even after they were picked in the squad.

“What I know is that the parameter set by the current Indian team (16.1) is pretty low according to the world standard,” Zaheer told PTI on Friday.

“If a player is not even able to achieve that mark, then I believe there is some problem somewhere,” he added.

Players like Ambati Rayudu and Mohammed Shami were dropped from the Indian squad after they could not clear the Test.

Zaheer Khan
Indian team celebrates a wicket. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

On the other hand, World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev believes that the Test is not the sole criteria by which the player should be tested.

“A bowler can perhaps clear the Yo-Yo test easily than a batsman. But this isn’t the ultimate test to judge a player. It comes down to your performances on the field. And cricketers should only be judged only on the basis of their on-field performances,” Kapil said to TOI.

However, Zaheer Khan says that Virat Kohli and team management are thinking about the welfare of the side success. The former southpaw fast bowler went on to add that he has no issues as far as the test is uniform for everyone.

“Look, for me, any parameter is acceptable as long as it is uniform. If the criteria are same for the topmost and the junior most cricketer, I have no issues. Virat and the team management is trying to ensure that for the benefit of the team,” he concluded.

Virat Kohli has induced a fitness regime within his teammates. Consequently, the team has also borne fruits for the same.

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