Cricketer Rohit Sharma will be undergoing the high-intensity Yo-Yo fitness test on June 19 at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru with Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane being put on standby for the England tour. While the selected players have been prepping up for the upcoming tour with the high-intensity test, Rohit Sharma did not. The batsman had earlier taken permission from the BCCI for it to be done on June 19.
It is reportedly said that there is doubt over Rohit‘s fitness as he previously failed the test twice during the IPL last month. And as a result, Rahane has been asked to stay ready for the ODI squad in case Rohit Sharma needs to be replaced.
Yo-Yo test is a mandatory fitness parameter for players set by the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) to get a place in the national team.
With competition for spots in the team getting tighter along with a growing fitness culture led by captain Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri and the team management have raised the fitness bar to a new high. According to the Yo-Yo test, a player must score at least 16.1 in the test to be eligible to play for Team India.
It is learnt that the BCCI has introduced the Yo-Yo test on the recommendation of team trainer Shankar Basu so that a more comprehensive fitness program for the national team can be chalked out.
Recently, Suresh Raina was called in as a replacement for Ambati Rayudu for the ODI series against England after the latter failed to clear the fitness test. However, Rayudu was not the first big name to have failed the Yo-Yo test. Before him, Mohammed Shami failed the test and was dropped from India’s squad for the one-off Test versus Afghanistan who was replaced by Navdeep Saini.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, who had taken permission from the BCCI to skip the 15 June Yo-Yo test on that particular day, will appear for the same at the NCA on June 24.