The World-cup winning skipper and veteran cricketer for India, Kapil Dev opened up about the yo-yo test to the press. He opined that yo-yo test should not be considered as the solitary standard to judge the fitness of a cricketer. He also said that bowlers can clear the yo-yo test easier than the batsmen.
Earlier, many players including Ambati Rayudu lost the opportunity to play for the country in the tour for the United Kingdom. Ambati Rayudu was in good form and did well for Chennai Super Kings but he was out of the team as he failed to clear the mandatory yo-yo test. Suresh Raina was called into the team to substitute him for the ODI side.
He said that many legendary cricketers like Virendra Sehwag, Arjuna Ranatunga, and Inzamam Ul Haq cannot be judged adhering to the yo-yo test benchmark.
This legendary cricketer said that “If a player is match fit, he should be playing and there should not be any other criteria,”
“Even football legend Diego Maradona wasn’t the fastest runner but whenever he had the ball, he was the fastest. Similarly, every cricketer has a different way of responding to fitness drill.
“A bowler can perhaps clear the Yo-Yo test easily than a batsman. But this isn’t the ultimate test to judge a player. It comes down to your performances on the field and cricketers should be judged only on the basis of their on-field performances,” he added.
When asked about the former Indian players who cleared yo-yo test, he said “Sunil Gavaskar may not have enjoyed running more than 15 minutes as a part of his fitness drill but he could bat for three days. Even the likes of Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly may or may not have cleared this version of the Yo-Yo test but they turned out to be some of the best players India has produced.” He concluded.