In past one year or so, the Indian team management has a new found obsession with the Yo-Yo test as they even set it as the benchmark to find a place in the national squad. Team India will now be locking horns with England for the five-match Test series after winning the T20I series 2-1, but they lost the subsequent ODI series by the same margin.
Recently, the Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir has shared a video of his elder daughter Aazeen completing a course of cones and hurdles on social media platform Instagram with the caption, “Looks like my elder one Aazeen has conquered the Yo-Yo test.”
Ever since conquering the Yo-Yo test has become a compulsion for players to be selected to the national team, it has been a topic of debate with some agreeing to the idea and others giving it a big no-no. The likes of Sanju Samson, Ambati Rayudu, and Mohammed Shami were not selected in the Indian side after they failed to clear the fitness test.
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But Gautam Gambhir’s post was just a fun take on his daughter jumping around in what seemed to be a circuit laid out for the cricketer to work on his own fitness.
However, there has been a plethora of people who voiced their opinions about the fitness tests, the legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar is the latest entrant to the list who reckons that it shouldn’t be the sole criteria while picking a player. He said, “I feel certain fielding standards are critical. Now I haven’t done the Yo-Yo Test. We had the beep test, which is more or less similar. But that shouldn’t be the only criterion. It should be a mixture of fitness and also look at the ability of a player. I think the Yo-Yo test is important but also looking at the ability of the player and how fit or unfit the player is.”