Former India trainer calls for transparency in the endurance test; voices against yo-yo test increase

Former India trainer calls for transparency in the endurance test; voices against yo-yo test increase

He was also surprised to know about the axing of Rayudu as he had monitored the CSK player in the two-week camp before the IPL.

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

The axing of Sanju Samson and Ambati Rayudu on the basis of the yo-yo test results has certainly not gone down well with many. The cut-off margin in the fitness test being the parameter for the selection of the players in the team has left a lot of people baffled. After the former India physio expressed his concern over the same, the former fitness trainer of Team India, Ramji Srinivasan,  also believed that the cut-off score is too high for the players.

Rayudu’s case has raised a lot of questions as he was dropped from the squad only because he failed to clear the fitness test despite being in scintillating form with the bat. He amassed 602 runs in 16 outings at an amazing average of 43 and the brilliant strike-rate of 149.75 for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL. His batting prowess has earned him a recall in the ODI squad and is now left frustrated over failing the mandatory fitness test.

It is just a part of fitness drills

Ramji Srinivasan, while speaking to Sportstar, stressed the fact that yo-yo test is basically for Soccer and was against the process which is being currently employed. “Yo-Yo is just a part of fitness drills, and it is basically for soccer. I don’t know how you can judge an athlete by just one aspect of fitness,” he said.

He had monitored the players of the CSK in a two-week camp before the T20 extravaganza and was surprised to know about Rayudu’s exclusion from the Indian team. “Rayudu covers the ground very quickly. Cricket is not rocket science. It is one of the easiest sports to train physiologically. The psychological aspect is more demanding. He is a fighter and he will be back,” he added.

Srinivasan also demanded the transparency in such tests and suggested that the test be telecasted on the television. “Sprint is easy, so is agility and speed, but it has to be standardised. The indoor-outdoor temperature and the time of the drill (morning or noon) are crucial. I am not sure how well it is being documented. If the BCCI wants to be open about it, they should telecast on television, with all the players lined up. That will shut everyone up,” he concluded.

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