Harbhajan, Azharuddin raise serious questions on Yo-Yo test

first_imgFormer cricketers Aakash Chopra and Mohammad Azharuddin have slammed the Indian cricket team’s new selection criteria of the Yo-Yo test which every player needs to pass these days to get into the national team.The Yo-Yo test garnered a lot of attention once again last month after Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu were dropped from the Indian squad for failing the fitness test, days ahead of India’s tour of Ireland and England.Many experts feel Yo-Yo tests are not the best markers for fitness on a cricket field, while former cricketers Chopra and Azhar slammed the policy of dropping of players for failing the test after being picked in the squad.You pass Yo-Yo test, you play. You don’t pass the test, you sit: Shastri”If Virat Kohli fails the test, will you drop him? So if a player does not even get time it is weird. To Kohli, you will even give him 2 weeks because you want him to play. So if a player is not afforded time, it is unfortunate.”But I think Saba Karim (national selector) has said that this is the only time when the selection happened before the test. So I think there will be some parity there,” Chopra said on Sports Tak.Yo-Yo test controversy: BCCI secretary wants Team India to follow proper procedureOff-spinner Harbhajan Singh on the other hand, is of the opinion that a cricketer should be selected on the basis of his skill and not because of the new fitness criteria.advertisement”There is this new drama of Yo-Yo test, which for me does not exist in cricket. This is for footballers and hockey players because in this test, you can run forward once and then run back, which never happens in cricket. And because of this test a very in-form batsman like Ambati Rayudu could not make his place in the Indian team.Looking forward to some difficult cricket in England, says Virat Kohli”I don’t feel Yo-Yo test is the parameter of selection and it should not be. Your form, your skills, that should be the most important thing and there should be a fitness criteria that the whole team can do together,” Bhajji said. Virat Kohli, who came back into the Indian team after recovering from a neck injury, comfortably cleared the Yo-Yo test ahead of India’s tour of Ireland and England (BCCI Photo)The test involves players running between two cones set 20 metres apart on the field.One shuttle includes a process where the player starts on a beep and needs to reach the cone at the other end before the second beep goes off. He is then required to turn back and return to the first cone before the third beep.There are different speed levels for these shuttles. Players start at speed level 5 (one shuttle) before moving to speed level 9 (also one shuttle). Speed level 11 (two shuttes), speed level 12 (three shuttles) and speed level 14 (four shuttles) follow. From speed level 14, there are eight shuttles per level.Former India captain Azharuddin also agreed with Harbhajan and Chopra, stating that match fitness should be taken into account for some players rather than how they perform in the Yo-Yo test.According to Azhar, even a lot of the stalwarts of the past including current India coach Ravi Shastri wouldn’t have passed the test had it been a selection criteria in the past.”It’s true that there has to be a fitness level but there are some players who cannot do a lot of fitness exercises because their bodies don’t allow it. For example, I was quite fit but if I was asked to touch my toes, I could not do that. But when the ball came, I used to field better than most.”If you tell Sunny bhai (Sunil Gavaskar) to do Yo-Yo test, he just won’t be able to do it. Many of our master players cannot do it. So for some players, match fitness should be kept in mind because the fitness of each player is different.”I feel it gets embarrassing for players. They should be told before that you have failed in the yo-yo test and you will not be selected. That will be fine but the players’ ability should also be looked at.”If you have set a fitness parameter like the coach (Ravi Shastri) is saying, the coach could have never passed that yo-yo test. There should be more thought given to this fitness test,” Azhar added.Shastri however, has thrown his weight behind the Yo-Yo test saying that the team management will not compromise on the practice.advertisement”I think it’s a combination of both ability and fitness. If you are fit, you can enhance that ability. That is one thing that has been emphasized on while designing the Yo-Yo fitness test. And it is here to stay. Whoever thinks it’s a one off thing, he is sadly mistaken and that person can take a walk,” Shastri said.”The philosophy is simple. You pass the test, you play. You don’t, you sit. So this is not going to go anywhere. The captain leads from the front, the selectors the management are on the same page. And the boys have responded extremely well,” added Shastri.last_img

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