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Comparing the yo-yo test scores of India with other top teams

Australia had kept the minimum score of 19 before discontinuing it four years ago.

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

The yo-yo fitness test has been made mandatory to make it to the national team by the Indian management. The move saw the likes of Ambati Rayudu and Sanju Samson being dropped from India and India A teams respectively from England tour. They failed to cross the prescribed score of 16.1 which is necessary to clear the test. However, it has emerged that the yo-yo test score of Team India is the lowest when compared to the other teams.

According to the reports in Mirror, England and New Zealand teams have kept the score of 19 for their players to prove their fitness. Australia had also kept the same deadline before discontinuing the same process four years ago.

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“We stopped using the Yo-Yo 4-5 years ago. It was not considered a reliable enough measure for what we wanted. We use the 2-kilometre time trial these days,” Greg Chappell said while informing that 19 was the minimum score required before the test was discontinued. The spokesperson of South Africa didn’t reveal the actual test score but went on to mention that it is definitely higher than 16.

“There is no standard pass mark. Each player is given/sets their own personal benchmark that they have to pass. It is definitely higher than 16 though,” the spokesperson said.

What about Pakistan and Sri Lanka?

Interestingly, the prescribed score for Pakistan to clear the yo-yo test is 17.4 as the same score is followed by Sri Lanka as well. Now, the score 0f 16.1 for the Men in Blue is the lowest among all the teams as the team management feels that the players should maintain the minimum fitness standards at least.

“After scoring a century, the player has to be in a position to run three. How do we know that? The Yo-Yo score may be an indication to that. Currently, we have 16.1. At some stage, we may increase it to 16.3,” the source in the direct contact of the test said.

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