Zaheer Khan, Rahul Dravid, Khaleel Ahmed,
Zaheer Khan. Credit: Cricbuzz

Former India cricketer Zaheer Khan has backed the much-debated Yo-Yo Test and has called for a uniformity in applying fitness parameters for junior and senior cricketers respectively in the gentleman’s game.

Meanwhile, the Yo-Yo test has raged a wide range of debates among former cricketers, of late. Many cricketers including legendary Sachin Tendulkar has admitted that it cannot be the sole criterion for selection.

On the other hand, a handful including India head coach Ravi Shastri has advocated for it. However, Zaheer believes the parameters are quite low as compared to other countries.

What I know is that the parameter set by the current Indian team (16.1) is pretty low according to the world standard,” Zaheer told PTI on Friday.

If a player is not even able to achieve that mark, then I believe there is some problem somewhere,” he added.

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Zaheer Khan has backed the Yo-Yo test.

Most recently, players like Ambati Rayudu, Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson among others have lost their place in the national teams owing to their failure to clear the Yo-Yo tests.

Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev had said that performance should only be the criteria for selection.

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 only be judged only on the basis of their on-field performances.” Kapil said to TOI.

Zaheer Khan, though, has backed Virat Kohli and the Indian team management on the issue. Pertinently, Yo-Yo Test has somewhat helped the selection committee of Team India to witness the difference among the professionals.

Look, for me, any parameter is acceptable as long as it is uniform. If the criteria are same for the topmost and the junior most cricketer, I have no issues. Virat and the team management is trying to ensure that for the benefit of the team,” he concluded.

Ankush Das

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