Yuvraj Singh was not in the reckoning of the MSK?Prasad-led Indian cricket team selection panel because he has not played a competitive match in a long time.
Yuvraj Singh was not in the reckoning of the MSK?Prasad-led Indian cricket team selection panel because he has not played a competitive match in a long time.(Getty Images)
With Yuvraj Singh boasting of success in the Yo-Yo fitness test on Monday, there were murmurs of his possible return to the Indian cricket team. However, all those hopes were dashed the same evening when the MSK Prasad-led selection committee chose to keep him out of the side for the three-match Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka. Yuvraj last played for India during the side’s tour to the Caribbean earlier this year. One of the reasons cited by the selectors behind the Punjab batsman’s omission was that he, along with Suresh Raina (another out-of-favour Indian cricketer), failed to clear the Yo-Yo test, the new mandatory fitness test introduced by the management. (IND vs SL, 3rd Test Day 4 scorecard)
The Yo-Yo test is multi-stage variation of the beep test which is used to determine a player’s fitness. The credit for developing the test goes to Jens Bangsbo, a football physiologist from Denmark.
With Yurvaj making a strong statement about his comeback during an event on Monday, it was hoped that the selectors may consider him for the T20 matches against the touring Sri Lankans.
“I would like to tell that I am failing. I still fail. I failed the last three fitness tests but yesterday I passed my fitness test. After 17 years I am still failing,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by the Deccan Chronicle.
MSK Prasad, though, had different views on the matter and it seems the Southpaw has to wait longer for his comeback.