“We Don’t Need To Poke Out Noses All The Times,” Sourav Ganguly Backs Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri On Making Yo-Yo Test Compulsory For Selection
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has thrown his weight behind India captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri by supporting the yo-yo test being made compulsory for selection. In a recent conversation with Hindustan Times, Ganguly said that the team management should have the freedom to take its own decisions.
The yo-yo test was introduced in Indian cricket in 2017 and was made compulsory after Kohli had chat with Shastri, as revealed by the captain himself – Shastri replaced Anil Kumble as the head of Indian cricket team in July 2017.
“Every team management should have freedom to make its own decisions. If Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri and the trainers feel that’s the way, so be it. We don’t need to poke our noses all the time. If they demand, the captain of the India team and trainers demand that we need to be at this (fitness) level, so be it,” Ganguly told Hindustan Times.
Yuvraj Singh, who was rested for the tour of Sri Lanka, failed to make his comeback during the home season after he failed to clear the yo-yo test. Same was the case with Suresh Raina but he cleared the test and made a comeback for South Africa T20I series.
In 2018, Ambati Rayudu, who made his comeback to the ODI squad for the tour of England, was dropped and was replaced by Raina. Mohammed Shami too lost his place in the squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan. The yo-yo test was also made compulsory for India A players and Sanju Samson was dropped from the team after he failed to achieve the desired fitness level.
Players have started working on their fitness and no player, in past one year, has been dropped from the national squad for failing the yo-yo test. The fitness levels of Indian players have certainly increased, which is evident from the efforts that they put in on the field.
As of now, the yo-yo test isn’t compulsory for the junior teams but Ganguly said that introducing it at the junior level will help the players. It is to be noted that few IPL franchises also conducted the yo-yo test before the previous season.
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