Congress MP Shashi Tharoor calls Yo-Yo test ‘pointless’ after Sanju Samson clears it in second go

Sanju Samson, Ambati Rayudu and Mohammed Shami had all failed to clear the fitness test and were pulled from Indian teams.

Sanju Samson was dropped from the India A squad to England due to failing to clear the yo-yo test | DNA

Shashi Tharoor, the Congress MP has questioned the Yo-Yo fitness test and called it pointless after Kerala’s Sanju Samson cleared it a few weeks after failing it. Samson was pulled from the India A tour to England after he had failed the Yo-Yo test.

The Yo-Yo fitness test is mandatory for the cricketers who wished to be selected into the India senior and India A team.

Sanju Samson, who fell way behind the set 16.1 benchmark, has cleared the test a month after he was dropped from the England tour. Tharoor took to Twitter after this news and asked BCCI to rethink the mandatory Yo-Yo Test, saying "Delighted to learn that Sanju Samson passed his yoyo test today. He scored 17.3 when the passing point was 16.1. The pointlessness of the test is seen in his going from 15.6 to 17.3 in 4 weeks. But in the process he missed an IndiaA tour. & India missed him. @BCCI should rethink!"

Ambati Rayudu and Mohammed Shami were also dropped from Indian senior teams after failing prey to the mandatory Yo-Yo test. India captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri had made it clear that players have to clear the Yo-Yo test in order to play for India. 

Kohli has said that one should look at it as a "hard call" that benefits the team rather than being emotional.


By Jatin Sharma - 12 Jul, 2018

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