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Ravi Shastri raises yo-yo test bar from 16.1 to 16.3

This decision was taken keeping the upcoming World Cup in mind.

Bharat Arun & Ravi Shastri
Bharat Arun & Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Indian team is all set to take on Afghanistan in the historic Test starting from 14th of June at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. The visitors will aim to make it a memorable one while the hosts continue to keep their winning momentum. Right from Rashid Khan to Cheteshwar Pujara, there are many battles to watch out for in the historic Test.

While India is busy with the Afghanistan Test, the India A team recently traveled to England for the tri-series against England Lions and Windies A. The series will start with warm-up games from 17th of June. After the tri-series, India A will play two unofficial Tests against Windies A on 4th July and 10th July respectively.

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Problems with players fitness

However, the recent developments on players fitness shook fans across the country when the young Sanju Samson was deemed unfit to play the India A’s tour of England. Mohammed Shami was also removed from the Indian Test squad after he failed to go past the prescribed yo-yo test score of 16.1. Ishan Kishan was announced as Samson’s replacement. Navdeep Saini took over Shami’s place.

With a few players not attaining the minimum score in the yo-yo test, the head coach Ravi Shastri took a hard decision to increase the yo-yo test score from 16.1 to 16.3, which helps the fittest players raise their bar and unfit players to bow out of the squad. This decision was taken keeping the upcoming World Cup in mind. It was also learnt by TOI that the India, India A management and selectors took this decision last year but they implemented it now.

“Ravi has instructed that every player must pass the Yo-Yo test. He has taken the decision keeping in view the tough overseas assignments for the team, including next year’s World Cup,” the source said to Times of India. The India A management and the selection committee will also follow the same.

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