Hardik Pandya Bowls At NCA, Passes Yo-Yo Test; Cleared To Participate In IPL 2022

Published - 16 Mar 2022, 08:04 PM

Hardik Pandya Bowls At NCA, Passes Yo-Yo Test; Cleared To Participate In IPL 2022
Hardik Pandya Bowls At NCA, Passes Yo-Yo Test; Cleared To Participate In IPL 2022

Star Indian fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya is all set to lead the Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after passing the ‘Yo-Yo’ Test comfortably at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru.

Baroda all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been out of action since the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and Venkatesh Iyer has been playing as a fast-bowling all-rounder in the Indian team in his absence.

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According to a report in New Indian Express, Hardik performed well during his two days at the National Cricket Academy, which is a good sign for Gujarat Titans as well as the Indian team.

Let’s make it clear. Fitness test clearance is only for those who are coming back from injury. In case of Hardik, it was about getting a general fitness assessment going into the gruelling IPL season,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

“He is an asset and one needed to check his current fitness standards,” he added.

Chetan Sharma on Hardik Pandya
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Also, there was no need for Hardik Pandya to bowl at the National Cricket Academy as it was not made mandatory in his fitness assessment module but he himself bowled for a considerable time at a good speed.

He didn’t need to bowl at NCA but he has bowled for considerable time and in the range of 135 kmph. On the second day, he crossed the Yo-Yo test with flying colours with a 17-plus score which is much above the cut-off level,” the source said.

Delhi Capitals Opener Prithvi Shaw Fails ‘Yo-Yo’ Test

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According to the same report, the young Indian opener Prithvi Shaw, who plays for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, has failed to pass the Yo-Yo Test.

Shaw who has been out of India’s scheme of things for a considerable amount of time has scored less than 15 in the Yo-Yo test and the qualification score is 16.5 for men.

These are just fitness updates. Obviously, it doesn’t stop Prithvi from playing for Delhi Capitals in IPL. It’s just a fitness parameter and not the be all and end all,” the source said.

“Look, he has played three Ranji matches back-to-back. Once you play three first-class games on the bounce, the fatigue can also affect your Yo-Yo score,” he added.

“If Prithvi is not being repeatedly considered, then perhaps his fitness standards aren’t up to the mark, as in what is expected of a Team India player,” the source said.

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