Ambati Rayudu was all set to join India’s limited overs team for the upcoming ODI series in England. After a successful IPL season with Chennai Super Kings, many were calling this is the best time for Rayudu to be in the Indian ODI national team.
Just like him, 23-year old Sanju Samson was also supposed to join India ‘A’ team to travel to England to play against England Lions. Sanju Samson also had a great IPL season with Rajasthan Royals. But the Yo-Yo test, a new benchmark set up to test the fitness level of the player, came in their way as both the players did not pass the test. The exclusion of Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson and Mohammed Shami have somehow made many former players question the criteria and format of the whole Yo-Yo test.
Yo-Yo test is more Football Centric, says former Indian Trainer
Speaking with CricketNext, former Indian Trainer Ramji Srinivasan says the Yo-Yo test was primarily used for the football players. “I would suggest the 2km or 2.4km run to check the fitness standards of cricketers. The Yo-Yo test is more suited to aerobic sports like football and that is how it started. Also, fitness is a wide spectrum and it is important to keep a comprehensive approach to overall fitness and not just on endurance level. I am a bit surprised as Rayudu is very quick across the ground”, says Ramji Srinivasan.
BCCI official also voices his concern over the whole concept
Speaking with CricketNext, a senior BCCI official says the implementation of the whole process is still not clear. “No one is saying that there should not be a standard of fitness that the professional cricketers should strive to attain. The issue here is the method in which this appears to have been implemented. No one knows who decided this and in which committee and the basis for such a decision. Nothing has been communicated but still, it has been implemented, this is opaque and very strange.
The non-selection of Ambati Rayudu in the ODI team on the basis of Yo-Yo test result has sparked off the debate. Former national selector Sandip Patil also voiced his opinion about the whole concept of the Yo-Yo test. BCCI have already decided to change the execution and have made it clear that only after passing the Yo-Yo test, a player will be selected for the team.