IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings Isn't Interested In Yo-Yo Test

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IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings Isn’t Interested In Yo-Yo Test 

IPL 2019: Chennai Super Kings Isn’t Interested In Yo-Yo Test
Chennai Super Kings. (Credits - BCCI)

The defending champions aren’t sparing their thoughts on the yo-yo Test for the upcoming Indian Premier League 2019. Chennai Super Kings Trainer doesn’t feel that the yo-yo Test is must for the CSK players going into the lucrative tournament. He feels that they would like to work on smart training instead of going through tough sessions.

The yo-yo test may be the must-have criteria for Virat Kohli-led side India but the CSK trainer feels that there is no requirement of it for MS Dhoni-led CSK team. He believes that it can be done with other fitness measures, which would give fruitful results for the team.

I prefer Sprint Repeat Test – CSK trainer Raamji

The trainer of CSK quoted that he doesn’t need to follow the process of national team selection. Raamji added that he has got his own set of plans for the players, who need to do their work individually. He also highlighted the importance of different training regime for different players.

“I have picked the 2km or 2.4km run to check the fitness standards of the players as also the Sprint Repeat test. Just because the national team does the Yo-Yo test doesn’t mean I need to follow the process,” Raamji said to IANS.

Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni, Yo-Yo Test
Chennai Super Kings (Credits – BCCI)

“I believe in the need to prepare challenges for players keeping their specific requirements in mind. For example, even when I was with the Indian team, the training regime I prepared for Dhoni wasn’t the same as the one for Sachin Tendulkar,” he added.

It doesn’t mean that MS Dhoni should follow Virat Kohli:

He further explained that the fitness regime of Virat Kohli might not suit Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Raamji explained that they need to take care of many things before giving a daily regime to certain players, which improves their fitness.

“Similarly, if Virat Kohli is keen to do deadlifts and his body reacts positively to it, doesn’t mean that MS must also do them. The Yo-Yo is more suited to aerobic sports like football and that is how it started,” he added.

Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni, Yo-Yo Test
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli (Credits: BCCI)

“Also, fitness is a wide spectrum and it is important to keep a comprehensive approach to overall fitness and not just on endurance level. Overall tabulation is very important to look into the various factors like strength, power, agility, endurance, flexibility etc,” he said.

MS Dhoni is a smart operator:

Speaking of MS Dhoni’s regime, he lauded the former skipper for his smart moves. He revealed that Dhoni keeps his regime simple, which needs a less workout but gives him enough flexibility and fitness during the course of it.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sharing Trophies, Youngsters, Virat Kohli, Team India, BCCI,
MS Dhoni Photo Credit: Reuters.

“MS is in a different zone altogether. He likes to keep things very simple. MS doesn’t do clean-and-jerk and other forms of power lifting. He likes to do his strength work and boxing work. Basically he is a smart trainer and works on a set of exercises that is simple and helps sharpen his skills,” he inferred.

Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out for CSK in IPL 2019. Most of their players are over 30 years in age, which received a lot of flak during the IPL 2018 auctions. However, CSK retorted by clinching the championship.

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