In the last one year or so, Yo-Yo endurance test has created a plenty of hue and cry in the Indian cricket fraternity as players such as Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu among others have failed to clear this test and subsequently left out from the team.
Following the footsteps of the national team, MS Dhoni’s home state Jharkhand has also made the yo-yo test mandatory for all its players across age groups.
For the Indian cricket team, 16.1 and upwards was considered as the good enough ‘Yo-Yo’ score. A player ought to clock at least 16.1 in the test to be a part of Virat Kohli led national side.
Similarly, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) have set the parameter of 16.1 for its U-19 and Ranji players. Interestingly, the U-16 cricketers of Jharkhand need to have figures of 16.5 (higher score than the national team) to qualify for the selection.
“The tests will be held in September, but we have already informed all the boys about it and we are taking the test very seriously,” JSCA secretary, Debasish Chakraborty, said in an exclusive interview with Sportstar.
“We are taking fitness matters very seriously and the coaches and the support staff are working hard to ensure that we are prepared perfectly before the season,” he added.
In order to prepare the players for the Yo-Yo hurdle, the association has also roped in V.P. Sudarshan, the former strength and conditioning coach of the Indian team.
“It is mandatory for all the players and this will be of great help to them,” Chakraborty concluded.