Anshuman Gaekwad speaks about the possibility of Yuvraj making a comeback
Gaekwad drew a pertinent parallel between Singh and Indian pacer, Ashish Nehra.
Published - Oct 5, 2017 6:55 pm | Updated - Oct 5, 2017 6:55 pm
Indian cricketing superstar, Yuvraj Singh has been struggling for quite some time now to regain lost ground in the sport. His last appearance for the national team was in June 2017 against the Windies in an ODI and he’s been searching for a way back into the team, ever since. Former India coach, Anshuman Gaekwad sees no reason why Singh should not be able to pass the rigorous fitness tests required to be eligible for national selection.
The contours of the fitness arena in cricket has undergone a sea change from when Yuvraj made his way onto the field for his nation. Gone are the days of languid health regimes for cricketers. Currently, passing the much-discussed Yo-Yo test has become an indispensable part in confirming a player’s inclusion into the team. Both Yuvi as well Suresh Raina made headlines recently as they failed the test and hence, were overlooked for selection.
Anshuman Gaekwad feels there’s no excuse for not passing the Yo-Yo Test
Speaking to International Business Times, India, Gaekwad drew a pertinent parallel between Yuvraj and Indian pacer, Ashish Nehra and said, “Fitness has become one of the most important things in world cricket. There is no reason why Yuvraj cannot pass the yo-yo test. The likes of Ashish Nehra, who is older than Yuvraj, has passed it, then why not Yuvi?”
The 65-year old, who was the one to hand Yuvraj Singh his ODI debut in 2000, further elucidated on why it’s even more difficult for a player like Yuvraj Singh to make a comeback.
“At present, the Indian team is a settled unit. Even a player like Ajinkya Rahane has not been picked for the T20 contest, explaining the strength of the Indian team. Even if Yuvraj Singh passes the fitness test, he will have to wait for his time. Yuvraj will have to score quality runs in the domestic cricket to get the India team call-up,” he said.