Team India’s improved fitness standards in the last decade or so and especially under the leadership of Virat Kohli has transformed the team into a world-beating side. The introduction of the Yo-Yo test has helped players attain peak fitness, which in turn, has reflected in their performance.
And, so in order to take the fitness of the players to the next level, the BCCI is all set to introduce another test. According to a report in the Indian Express, Team India players will now have to clear a speed and endurance test over a distance of 2 km, along with the ‘Yo-Yo’ test.
While the benchmark for fast bowlers has been set at 8 minutes and 15 seconds, for batsmen, wicketkeeper, and spinners, it would be 8 minutes and 30 seconds.
“The Board felt that the current fitness standard played a huge role in getting our fitness to the next level. It is important to take our fitness level to another level now. The time trial exercise will help us to compete even better. The Board will keep updating the standards every year,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
All the contracted players have been informed about the new test and passing criteria following approvals from BCCI present Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah.
The tests will be carried out in the month of February, June, and August/September.
The players who were a part of the recently-concluded Test series in Australia have, however, been exempted from undergoing the test in February but those who will be selected for the limited-overs series against England would be required to clear the same.