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What is Yo-Yo Test in Cricket? Why Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina failed in it?

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Yo-Yo Fitness Test is something around every of the cricket fan hears every now and then. Especially, this fitness endurance Test has become a term to search out for especially in India as it is something keeping away the star players like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina from the Indian Cricket Team.

It should be kept noted here that many of the Indian cricket fans have even raised concerns about this fitness endurance test which has given clearance to the players like Ashish Nehra and Ravi Ashwin and have hurdled the way of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, who were once regarded as the fittest players in Indian Cricket Team.

The Yo-Yo Test isn’t about any rocket-science as many of the cricket fans are currently thinking it to be.  It is a simple endurance test that kicks off with the modest jog and reaches up to the gut-busting sprint.  This is a kind of aerobic endurance fitness test or the newest version of the beep test.

It will be pertinent to mention here that Yo-Yo test is conducted in various sports and many of the international cricket teams like England, Australia and Pakistan have kept it as a mandatory Test to become the part of the team.

What is Yo-Yo Endurance Test?

The Yo-Yo Endurance Test is a kind of newest version of the beep test, it is used monitored using the software to minimize any kind of human error. This test was established and established by the Danish soccer physiologist Jens Bangsbo.

Types of Yo-Yo Test

For a better know one can divide Yo-Yo Test into three types as follows:

  • Level 1: Beginners
  • Level 2: Advanced
  • Yo-Yo Intermittent Test

Yo-Yo Test Procedure

The Advanced Yo-Yo Test is about starting with a jog and then catching up the speed without any hiatus or interval. According to the set standards, Yo-Yo Endurance Test is something that goes on for continuous 2-10 minutes.

The person who undergoes the test has to keep running between the 20m area back and forth and the cones are used to define this area. With the clock ticking, the pace increases and the person need to do it more quickly to be in the test. The test stops after the person fails to catch up the pace within the two ends.

Yo-Yo Test Scores

Minimum 16.1 for International Sportsman

  • Indian Cricket: Min 19.5
  • Pakistan Cricket:  Min17.4
  • Australia Cricket: Min 20+

Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina Yo-Yo Test Scores

Both the star players, who were once said to be the fittest to represent Men in Blue are sitting outside the team just because of this Yo-Yo Test.

  • Raina scored 16-17
  • Yuvraj Singh scored 16

It will be pertinent to mention here that Indian cricketers like Ravindra Jadeja and Manish Pandey along with the skipper himself are scoring something near 20 in Yo-Yo Test.

According to the latest reports, Yuvraj has once again failed in clearing the Yo-Yo Test and this seems an end of his career.  It seems that few of extra pounds are making it hard for cricketers like Raina and Yuvraj to pass this test. It should be kept noticed here that the Pakistani cricketers with some extra weight as BMI, Yasir Shah, and Umar Akmal also failed to clear the Yo-Yo Test in recent past.

BCCI’s statement about Yo-Yo Test

“The captain, the coach, and chief selector, along with the other members of the selection committee in consultation with the support staff (trainer and physio), have set the parameters. The fitness parameters set by the team management for athletes to be eligible for selection are non-negotiable,” said BCCI chief Rahul Johri.

The BCCI Chief also asserted that each and every of the cricketer trying to get a place in the national team will have to clear this Test, even including the injury-free and inform cricketers out there.

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