Amit Mishra has cleared the air concerning him failing the Yo-Yo Test along with teammate Suresh Raina and Washington Sundar by claiming that the selectors know he didn't take part in it. Mishra is currently recovering from a knee injury and has been doing his rehab at the National Cricket Academy.
After recent reports claimed that India bowler Amit Mishra had failed in the Yo-Yo test, which is a basic fitness parameter set by the Indian team management, the 34-year-old has come out in the open to dismiss those reports stating that he never appeared for the test.
Speaking to PTI during an interaction, Mishar said, "I want to set the record straight. I never appeared for the YoYo test. I was completely puzzled when I saw that I have failed the test. If I didn't take the test in first place, how did I fail."
When he was asked how did this news come up, Mishra said, "I was at the NCA doing my own running when a few other players were appearing for the YoYo test. I was there
Mishra also revealed that he has spoken to NCA Trainer Ashish Kaushik, who clarified the matter with the national selectors. "Kaushik told me that he has informed the national selectors that I am yet to take YoYo test. I am waiting for the reports from physio and trainers at the NCA. As and when I get the green light, I will play Ranji Trophy for Haryana," the 34-year-old said.
Yo-Yo test has become an essential part of the Indian cricket's team selection of late that the players must clear to get to the final hurdle. Many big names like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have failed to pass this test of late and are struggling to make a return.
However, Mishra stated that his absence from the team is more to do with the injury. "I was not dropped from the Indian team due to poor form but for my injury. Selectors have always maintained that those who are injured will get their rightful place back once they are fit," said Mishra.
The leg-break bowler, who has played 22 Tests and 36 ODIs for team India claiming 140 wickets so far, was all praise for India's current spinning sensation Kuldeep Yadav. The young chinaman bowler, who has played two Tests and 11 ODIs for India claiming 9 and 18 wickets respectively, has been marvelling the selectors with his inch-perfect bowling is definitely a competition to Mishra.
The 34-year-old acknowledged it as well saying, "I am very happy for Kuldeep as he has been doing well for India. He is a talented bowler. But I am not worried about my place in the team. I believe whoever is doing well will be in the team. It's good that we have competition for slots in the team."