The required Yo-Yo test, which young opener Shubman Gill topped with an outstanding score of 18.7, is being undertaken alongside the numerous fitness and medical exams.
All of the cricketers who have taken the YoYo test so far have passed the cut-off level of 16.5, with Virat Kohli also posting an excellent 17.2 as per his Instagram story.Except for Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson (reserve member for Asia Cup), and KL Rahul, all cricketers have undergone the test.
“The YoYo test being an aerobic endurance fitness test, the results could vary from when you last played and how much workload you have gone through in the past week.
“Gill as of now has the highest score of 18.7. Most of the players have scored between 16.5 and 18,” a BCCI source privy to developments told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
The BCCI organised the fitness and conditioning camp because this was the only opportunity before the World Cup in India in October.
“If the players have a gap between two tournaments, the National Cricket Academy‘s sports science team along with the sports staff of India team does conduct all the mandatory tests,” the source said.
When the YoYo tests were first launched six years ago, during the tenure of former Strength & Conditioning coach Shankar Basu, the cut-off was 16.1, but the marker has since been updated to 16.5.
Most of the young Indian players are in great shape these days. Gill’s 18.7 is evidence of this, given that he has played nonstop cricket since the start of the IPL.
The only significant break he received since March came three weeks after the conclusion of the West Indies 50-over series.
(With inputs from PTI)