The main reason behind Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina not getting selected for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka is their failure to clear the ‘Yo-Yo’ test at the National Cricket Academy. The test is an advanced version of the 'beep' test that was used by teams of yesteryear.
A host of regular players, including Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuvraj Singh, and Umesh Yadav among others, were rested from the limited-overs squad and some fringe players like Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, and KL Rahul have been named in the 15-man squad.
However, the exclusion of Yuvraj Singh, who scored 372 runs at 41.33 with a strike-rate of 98.67 in his last 10 innings, raised a few eyebrows but now reports have emerged that both Singh and Raina failed to pass the endurance test, which has become a prevalent practice in the Indian team, of late.
The acceptable ‘Yo-Yo’ score is 19.5 and upwards while skipper Virat Kohli scores around 21 in the test. However, Yuvraj and Raina scored well below the permissible level with Yuvraj barely managing to touch 16.
“The current team think tank, coach Ravi Shastri, skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad have made it clear that fitness standards are non-negotiable. On an average, the Australian cricketers score 21 in Yo-Yo test. Here Virat, Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey regularly hit that score while others are either touching 19.5 or is hitting above that score,” said a BCCI official, reported PTI.
“In an earlier era, when the traditional beep test was in vogue, the Indian players of the 1990’s would have scored around 16 to 16.5 barring a few like Mohammed Azharuddin, Robin Singh or Ajay Jadeja. But now it’s different as the skipper himself is hitting the benchmark, which the Australian cricket team sets it,” the official added.
India will play five ODIs and one T20I starting August 20 in Dambulla.
Do you know what the Yo-Yo test is?
The ‘Yo-Yo’ test requires cones to be placed out in two lines with a distance of 20 meters. A player starts with his foot behind one of the lines and begins running when instructed. The player continues running between the two lines, turning when
After each minute or so, the pace gets quicker. If the line is not reached in time, the player must run to the line turn and try to catch up with the pace within two more ‘beeps’. The test is stopped if the player fails to catch up with the pace within the two ends.
The entire process is software-based where the results are recorded.
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