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Ravi Shastri increases yo-yo test benchmark


Ever since the inception of the yo-yo test benchmark, there have been massive changes in Indian cricket. The players are fielding well, taking extra runs wherever necessary and are making a huge impact in the game. The yo-yo test is now seen as a massive factor in Indian cricket.

Ravi Shastri increases yo-yo test benchmark
Ravi Shastri

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had also made clearing the test a compulsory one in a bid to make a selection in the national team. As of now, the benchmark for the same is 16.1 in order to represent India at the highest level. It is a bitter thing that the test has already caused several problems in many Indian players’ career.

Ambati Rayudu and Mohammed Shami failed to crack the test and were thereafter excluded from their respective squads. Even as Ambati Rayudu missed the tour of England after the IPL 2018, Shami was dropped in the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Bangalore.

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In the recent development, it has been learned that a few alterations will be made in the yo-yo benchmark for the upcoming times.

The same thing will be a witness to a slight increase from 16.1 to 17 under Ravi Shastri who was re-appointed as Team India’s head coach last month by the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). “Fitness is integral to participation at the international level and the minimum qualification will be 17,” a source privy to the development was quoted as saying in Pune Mirror.

It’s been known that the coaching staff will surely insist on an enhanced benchmark as the minimum requirement. The yo-yo test is an internationally accepted way of measuring the fitness of athletes.

Ever since its introduction to the Indian team, the importance of staying fit has increased. The changes are expected to be in place from the forthcoming T20I series against South Africa.

The fixtures get underway on September 15, 2019, with the first game at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, Dharamshala. Mohali and Bangalore will host the other two T20I matches. The 20-overs format will be followed by the three-match Test series, scheduled to start on October 2.

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