From the last couple of ODI’s, and Test doesn’t have Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh in the squad. Do you know the cause? The major reason for “resting” Yuvraj Singh and not considering Suresh Raina in the limited-overs squad for the series against Sri Lanka. Cause was their failure to clear the Yo-Yo endurance test at the NCA. Now there is very strict rules and regulation in selecting players of the XI squad on the verse of fitness. Because of the bench mark captain Virat Kohli and all other players have set, it goes without saying that fitness has now become a major criterion for a call-up or even a comeback.
Currently fitness is judged by the ‘yo-yo’ test.
The Indian group has consistently undergone a series of fitness tests with ‘Yo-Yo’ endurance test being the most important of them. It is a propelled form of the “beep” test that was utilized by groups of before eras. The recent Indian team is chased to be the fittest by a fair distance.
Yuvi and Raina are not up to the mark.
The NCA reported that or the current Indian team, the acceptable ‘Yo-Yo’ score is 19.5 and upwards. skipper Virat has easily managed the score around 21 in the test. However, both Raina and Yuvraj worked hard, but not able to reach the mark of 19.5. Yuvraj barely manages to touch 16, which was the biggest reason for his ouster.
“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,” a BCCI official told PTI today.
“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.
What is the Yo-Yo Test?
The entire process is software-based. It starts with cones being placed to mark out two lines 20 meters apart. 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 signaled by the recorded beeps.
After each minute, the speed gets faster. If the player misses the target once, he must run to the line turn and try to catch up with the pace within two more ‘beeps’. The test is called off if the player fails to catch up with the pace within the two ends.
The acceptable scores may vary across sports like football and hockey as they produce entirely different results and have higher benchmarks, considering the speed and endurance level involved with the sport.