Ashish Nehra has revealed that he never struggled with the yo-yo test, that the BCCI use to judge player’s fitness, because he was a fast bowler. Players such as Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina were axed from the squad due to their Yo-Yo tests results and have not been able to make the cut since.
After retiring from all forms of cricket in the Delhi T20I against New Zealand, Ashish Nehra began his second career in cricket in the commentary box alongside former teammate Virender Sehwag. During the ongoing India-Sri Lanka Test at the Eden Gardens, Nehra revealed why he found Yo-Yo test easy.
“I found it easy because as a pacer, I’m fond of running. But some players find it difficult. Like Yuvraj Singh is still stuck in there and yet to clear it,” Nehra said while commentating in the game.
“Yo-Yo test is just like we used to repeat the sprints and take the Blip test in 2002-03. In this test, you have to cover a range of 20 meters in a given time and have to return to start point on a blip. Once you reach 13 or 14 rating, you accelerate yourself. Team India has set 16.1 which is going to be 16.5 soon. So you have to run a lot.”
Nehra, then, went on to disclose the test results of some of the current players in the Indian team.
When asked if he would be able to beat Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the test, Nehra candidly replied, “Since I haven’t checked captain’s result so I don’t have an idea about that.”