Indian Testing captain Ajinkya Rahane has been waiting for a tour of England, while Rohit Sharma is preparing to take the all-important yo-yo test on June 19.
The Yo-yo test is the mandatory physical fitness test for all players to get a place on the Indian national team.
Considering the developing intensity of the cricket game and the culture of fitness in the locker room, with captain Virat Kohli leading from the front, Ravi Shastri and the management of the Indian team have set their yo-yo parameter at 16.1.
A player must score at least 16.1 on the test to be eligible to play on the Indian team.
With the long tour abroad of England, all players selected for the tour undergo the YoYo test. Rohit is preparing to take the exam at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru amid the clouds of his physical condition. He had obtained prior permission from the BCCI to make it on the 19th.
Reports suggest that Rohit did not pass the yo-yo test twice during the Indian Premier League last month and that is why Rahane has been asked to remain prepared in case Rohit needs to be replaced.
Recently, Suresh Raina was summoned as Ambati Rayudu’s replacement for the ODI series against England after the latter failed to pass the physical fitness test.
Rayudu had forced his way back to the Indian team after a spectacular IPL season where he scored where he scored 602 runs. But it was the physical condition test that pushed him back into the dark.
However, Rayudu was not the first big name to fail the yo-yo test. Before Rayudu, Mohammed Shami did not pass the test and was removed from the Indian team for the only test against Afghanistan. Navdeep Saini had replaced him in the squadron.
Even Sanju Samson was eliminated from the India A team for the England A tour and was replaced by Ishan Kishan on the touring team.
At a meeting of the CoA (Committee of Administrators), General Manager Saba Karim was asked why the yo-yo tests were carried out after the selections, taking into account how the big names did not pass the test.
Then it was explained that the situation had increased because the tests could not be carried out in the middle of the IPL and that the selections should continue at that moment.
However, CoA has decided that the yo-yo tests will be conducted prior to the selection meeting in the future in order to avoid the situation in which players must be eliminated based on their physical condition.