It is now mandatory to pass the Yo-Yo Test before playing for Indian cricket team. Recently, Tamil Nadu’s off-spinning all-rounder Washington Sundar cleared the Yo-Yo test. As per Sports star live's report, he did so at Bengaluru’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) on Saturday.
Washington, who played for Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL could not pass this speed and endurance examination in early October this year when he was all but picked in the Indian team for the Twenty20 series against Australia.
The young spinner who had struggled the last qualified the test with a mark of 16.1. Chances for Washington to get picked in the T20 side against Sri Lanka has increased after the Yo-Yo test.
Washington said to Sportstar, “Having failed to get through last time, there was a lot of pressure on me on this occasion, even more than in a key game.”
The teenager added, “This Yo-Yo test was big for me but once it started all the pressure disappeared. I thought I paced myself well.”
Indian stalwarts like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina were left out of the squad after failing the fitness test. Indian cricket team has raised the fitness standard and is very strict regarding Yo-Yo test.
Asked what he did differently from last time, Washington said, “The last call for Yo-Yo came very soon after the Duleep Trophy final in which I batted and bowled in both the innings. I had to rush to the NCA.”
He elaborated, “Perhaps I didn’t have enough time to recover for a physical test of this nature. This time I got more time after the Ranji game against Baroda. I was better prepared physically and mentally.”
“I learned a lot during the Ranji season. I want to thank coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar and strength and conditioning coach Ramji Srinivasan for their belief in me and their inputs.”