The Yo-Yo test has been the most talked about topic in the Indian cricket of late. Indian skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have made it clear that one has to clear Yo-Yo Test if they want to be part of the Team India’s squad.
Likes of Yuvraj Singh. Suresh Raina, Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu have been dropped from the team at one stage after failing the test. Now, legendary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar has joined the debate and the little master feels that there are other ways as well to determine a players fitness.
“I feel certain fielding standards are critical. Now I haven’t done the Yo-Yo Test. We had the beep test, which is more or less similar. But that shouldn’t be the only criterion. It should be a mixture of fitness and also look at the ability of a player. I think the Yo-Yo test is important but also looking at the ability of the player and how to fit or unfit the player is,” Sachin told the leading newspaper Hindustan Times.
In the Yo-Yo test, there are three cones placed — A, B and C. The difference between cone A and B is 5m and from B to C is 20m. The test starts by walking from A to B and then sprinting from B to C. Similarly, the sprint continues from C to B and then walking from B to A which helps in recovering energy.
However, after each round, the levels keep increasing and the time duration keeps reducing. Around 8-10 sprints are being made in this test. The simple reason behind this test is to check the endurance and speed of the player.