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Ambati Rayudu misses the bus again; omitted for several squads after failing to appear for Yo-Yo test

Ambati Rayudu has once again not gone ahead with the yo-yo test.

MS Dhoni & Ambati Rayudu
MS Dhoni & Ambati Rayudu. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Just when a decent performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) made a comeback to the national cricket team look imminent for Ambati Rayudu, a fitness fiasco left him out in the cold again.

The 32-year-old Andhra Pradesh batsman saw himself getting omitted from the India A and B squads for a quadrangular series; three Duleep Trophy squads and also India A squad for two four-day games against South Africa A because of his failure to appear for the mandatory Yo-Yo test.

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This is the second instance of Rayudu’s unlucky tryst with the Yo-Yo test in recent times. After his magnificent show in the IPL this year where he scored 602 runs at a strike rate of nearly 150, Rayudu was picked for the one-day international squad for England series but was subsequently dropped after having failed to clear the Yo-Yo test and was replaced by Suresh Raina who was there in the T20I series.

Rayudu missed the yo-yo Test

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Rayudu, whose last international appearance was in June 2016, did not appear for the Yo-Yo test in the six-week time given by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) after getting omitted for the England ODI series and said he wanted more time. He hasn’t taken the test since then and the Indian team management has reportedly asked the selectors not to opt for players whose fitness was not up to the mark.

Rayudu, who went to England with the junior squad of the Chennai Super Kings – the team he played for in the IPL this year – and has asked two weeks’ time to appear for the Yo-Yo test, hoping to make himself available for Asia Cup in September.

Meanwhile, it was learned that Akshay Wadkar was named as the replacement for wicket-keeper-batsman Abhishek Gupta, who was picked for the India Red squad for the Duleep Trophy despite facing a ban for doping violation till September 14.

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