Ajinkya Rahane will replace Rohit Sharma in India’s ODI squad for England if the latter fails the yo-yo test. (Reuters file Photo)
India’s Test captain Ajinkya Rahane has been put on standby for England tour as Rohit Sharma prepares to take the all-important yo-yo test on June 19.
Yo-yo test is the fitness test that is compulsory for all players to pass in order to get a place in the Indian national team.
Considering the developing intensity of the game of cricket and the culture of fitness coming in the dressing room, with captain Virat Kohli leading from the front, Ravi Shastri and the Indian team management have set their yo-yo parameter on 16.1.
A player must clock at least 16.1 in the test to be eligible to play for Team India.
With the long overseas tour of England coming up, all the players selected for the tour are undergoing the Yo-Yo test. Rohit is preparing to take the test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru amidst clouds of his fitness. He had taken prior permission from BCCI for it to be done on 19th.
Reports suggest that Rohit failed the yo-yo test twice during the Indian Premier League last month and that is why Rahane has been asked to stay ready in case Rohit needs to be replaced.
Recently, Suresh Raina was called in as replacement for Ambati Rayudu for the ODI series against England after the latter failed to clear the fitness test.
Rayudu had forced his way back into the Indian team after a spectacular IPL season where he scored where he scored 602 runs. But it was the fitness test that pushed him back into obscurity. However, Rayudu was not the first big name to have failed the yo-yo test. Before Rayudu, Mohammed Shami failed the test and was dropped from India’s squad for the one-off Test versus Afghanistan. Navdeep Saini had replaced him in the squad.
Even Sanju Samson was dropped from India A’s squad for the England A tour and was replaced by Ishan Kishan in the touring squad.
At a CoA (Committee of Administrators) meeting, General Manager Saba Karim was asked why the yo-yo tests were being conducted after the selections, given how big names have failed the test.
It was then explained that the situation had risen because tests could not be conducted in middle of IPL and the selections had to go ahead in that time itself.
However, CoA has now decided that yo-yo tests will be conducted before the selection meeting in future so as to avoid the situation where players have to be dropped on the basis of their fitness.