- The Yo-Yo test has gripped the Indian cricket team in every possible way, enhancing the performances of cricketers who pass it, and ousting the ones who fail to do so.
- The Yo-Yo test always takes place before team selection, in order to shortlist only those players who pass the test
- However, this time for the India & India A team selection was done held way before the Yo-Yo test took place before, leading to quite an uproar
- BCCI general manager of cricket operations Saba Karim helped clear the confusion, calling it a “one-off” incident
The Yo-Yo test has become a mandatory exercise for the Indian cricketers, as it is a critical parameter which determines the players’ fitness ahead of all the cricket series or tournaments. The Yo-Yo test was not in place earlier, but was introduced in the Indian cricket team under Anil Kumble’s coaching reign. However, as the Yo-Yo test is always conducted prior to the squad announcement, the India and India A tours of England saw the Yo-Yo test take place after the squads were announced, leading to an outrage in the cricketing circles.
Saba Karim clears the confusion calling it a ‘one-off’ incident
The BCCI general manager for cricket operations, Saba Karim, cleared the confusion regarding series of events, terming it as a “one-off” incident. Karim explained that since the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) was going on, there was no other option than to conduct it after the India and India A teams were announced for the England tour. As reported by The Indian Express, Saba Karim said,
“It’s (yo-yo test) always conducted before team selection. This time the change happened because of the IPL. We have to pick the teams early because of logistical reasons, so we couldn’t drag out players during the IPL and make them go through fitness tests. That’s why we conducted it after the IPL was over. And all the players were given enough time to prepare for that.”
Both the squads were announced when the Indian Premier League 2018 was underway, on May 8. Ambati Rayudu‘s successful campaign with the bat for IPL champions Chennai Super Kings earned him a recall to the India ODI team for the England tour, but that didn’t materialise as he fell short of the 16.1 point-mark, which is the benchmark to cross in the Yo-Yo test. Similarly, Sanju Samson failed the test as well, and was ousted from the India A squad, having been named in the roster earlier.
The limited-overs squad members selected for the England and Ireland tour took their respective yo-yo test last week, including Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Only Rohit Sharma was absent as he had obtained permission from the board to appear for it later, owing to his sponsor commitments. He took to Instagram and his Twitter handle on Wednesday (June 20) to share the news of him passing the test. Earlier, there had been reports doing the rounds that the India opener had failed to clear the test on the first instance. However, he cleared the air by stating that he passed the test in the first go, conducted on Wednesday.
Previously, veteran players such as Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh had lost their place in the Indian team, having failed to pass the 16.1 mark in the Yo-Yo test. The 17-year-old Washington Sundar has failed the test as well in the past, and was subsequently overlooked for the T20I series against New Zealand in October last year.
“Earlier, if you see, in the case of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh, the fitness tests were conducted before the team selection. It always happened like that in the past”, explained Saba Karim.
“This time, the moment the teams were announced, whether that was the India A side or Team India, the players knew that they had to undergo fitness tests. So they had enough time to prepare. That is why so many of them prepared well and got through.”