Chennai Super Kings star Ambati Rayudu failed to clear the Yo-Yo test on Friday at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
Rayudu turned out to be the only player to have failed the fitness test in India’s England-bound squad. According to reports, his score was well below the permissible set limit of 16.1 for India and the India A teams. The Hyderabadi is set to be dropped form the squad, said a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official.
Rayudu had a made a comeback in the Indian ODI squad after one and a half years due to his tremendous form in the Indian Premier League. The CSK batsman hit 602 runs from 16 matches as CSK won the IPL after returning to the competition. It is learned that he performed in the range of 14.
It has come as a shock to a lot of people as to how someone, who played so well in the IPL, who couldn’t maintain a requisite fitness standard within three weeks of the tournament’s completion.
He is now the third big name to have failed the yo-yo test. Before this, Mohamed Shami failed the test and was dropped from India’s squad for the one-off Test versus Afghanistan. Even Sanju Samson was dropped from India A’s squad for the England A tour and was replaced by Ishan Kishan in the touring squad. Shami was replaced by Navdeep Saini in the team but he didn’t get to plat as the hosts dismissed the visitors within two days by an innings and 262 runs to win the match.
Barring the former Mumbai Indians batsman, there were no more surprises in the test. Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking the test in the first batch.
Kohli didn’t look in any discomfort while taking the advanced beep test as he matched Dhoni step for step along with Bhuvneshwar, Kedar Jadhav and Suresh Raina.
Incidentally Raina, who was one of the first players last year to have flunked the YoYo test (along with Yuvraj Sigh), has comfortably cleared it this time round.
It will be interesting to see who gets a chance in the ODI squad as Rayudu is now set to be dropped.
The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Siddharth Kaul, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey were also seen taking the test after the batch comprising Kohli and Dhoni were done with theirs.
Earlier, the neck injury which he sustained during the IPL had thrown Kohli’s build-up for the UK tour in haywire as he had to pull out of a planned stint with Surrey in the County Championship this month.
The Yo-Yo test, which is the basic fitness parameter set by the Indian team management before any tour, was conducted at the National Cricket Academy ground, in the presence of Team India trainer Shankar Basu and the other support staff.
India will tour Ireland for T20 Internationals scheduled for June 27 and 29.
The tour of England, comprising three T20 Internationals, three ODIs amd five Test matches, starts on July 3.