The Reverse Sweep: Amit Mishra Rubbishes Rumour of Failing in Yo-Yo Test
The Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra has brushed aside the lofty claims after the reports stated the Delhi-based has failed in the much-talked and famous Yo-Yo test, to prove the hundred percent fitness alongside overlooked middle-order batsman Suresh Raina, who’s concurrently leading Uttar Pradesh, in the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season.
“I want to set the record straight. I never appeared for the Yo-Yo test,” Mishra told newswire PTI.
Interestingly, Mishra reiterated he has talked to the trainer for NCA Ashish Kaushik regarding the clarification of the controversial matter which has grabbed the space in newspapers and digital medium.
“Kaushik told me that he has informed the national selectors that I am yet to take YoYo test,” Mishra asserted.
Mishra is looking forward to representing his side Haryana in the ongoing Ranji leg, as he is further awaiting the detailed report from the NCA physio.
Earlier, the reports further added Chennai-born 18-year-old Washington Sundar has also failed in the famous test.
The 34-year-old wrist spinner Mishra, who represented India across formats, was taken by utter surprise after rumours were doing rounds about his failure in the Yo-Yo endurance test which has become a norm as a basic parameter for checking the fitness level, before the selection of the players takes place.
“I was completely puzzled when I saw that I have failed the test,” Mishra maintained.
Of late, the respective Boards and management have had seriously focussed on the fitness of players to pay rich dividends in the national fold, as Mishra went on to say how he failed the test if he has taken it for the instance while referring to the reason for the report.
“If I didn’t take the test in first place, how did I fail,” Puzzled Mishra asked.
On the road to the recovery, the wily customer is concurrently going under the rehabilitation and eventually training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
“I was at the NCA doing my own running when a few other players were appearing for the Yo-Yo test,” Mishra remarked.
After the news spread like a wild fire, Mishra cleared the air by saying he was at the academy and that would have been a sole reason by mistaken him for preparing for the Yo-Yo Test while he was on his routine practice.
“I was there at the spot, doing my own routines. May be whoever provided the information thought I was also part of that group,” Mishra revealed.
Mishra, who nursed a knee injury, was eventually ruled out of the only Test between hosts India and visitors Bangladesh in February, this year before the Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav was inducted into the side in latter’s place.
As the rookie wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has grabbed the eyeballs for his impressive bowling against Australia, Mishra has lavished praise on the former while stating he is happy to see the healthy competition taking place among the players.
“I am very happy for Kuldeep as he has been doing well for India. He is a talented bowler,” Mishra concluded.
Mishra, who has not shown any worrying sign while focusing on his fitness, bagged 72 wickets in 22 Test fixtures; on the other hand, he has an impressive average in the limited-overs format.
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