Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar said that cricket fitness should be the primary consideration for selection in Team India. Gavaskar’s comments come after BCCI’s decision of reintroducing the ‘Yo-Yo’ test as a selection criterion. In his recent article for Mid-Day, Gavaskar said fitness is an individual thing with no one size fitting all, stressing that it can be rough when fitness parameters are set collectively rather than individually.
In his piece, Sunil Gavaskar wrote: “The point am trying to make is fitness is an individual thing and there is no such thing as one size fits all. The quick bowlers need a different level than the spinners, the wicket keepers need an even higher level and the batters perhaps the least. So it’s rough when the parameters are set for everybody and not according to one’s specialty.”
The former Indian skipper said cricket fitness should be the prime consideration for Team India, adding that their yo-yo test results being public is also a positive.
Explaining the same, Sunil Gavaskar said, “Cricket fitness should be the prime consideration. And yes, it would be revealing if these fitness tests are done in the public domain with the media present for then we would know if a player is ‘yo yo’ or no no.”
The legendary batter went on to say that it is better to include experts in the selection panel than former players.
Elaborating the same, Sunil Gavaskar said, “The CAC has just interviewed candidates for the selection committee panel, but not one was a bio-mechanics expert or a body science person. Since eligibility is going to be based on the fitness of a player, it might be better to have these experts in the selection panel than former cricketers.”