Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has made it clear that fitness will be a key factor when the players are selected for the 2019 World Cup. The recent times have seen the Indian selectors as well as captain Virat Kohli emphasising the need of fitness and Shastri has also echoed the same sentiments.
The fitness of the Indian players have been a much-talked about topic in the last few weeks after experienced batsman Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina were reportedly not included in the squad for the ongoing series in Sri Lanka for failing the ‘Yo Yo’ endurance test.
And Shastri has insisted that fitness will be of utmost priority and no individuals irrespective of his reputations will get into the team if he is not fit. Shastri was asked if poor fitness could rule the likes of Yuvraj and Raina out of the next World Cup and he agreed, saying: “Yes. When there are parameters put in place and that’s the vision of the team, then everyone has to fit into those parameters. It is as simple as that.”
The former India allrounder also said that the team wants to become the best fielding unit in the world and to achieve that fitness has to be top-class.
“We want the best fielding side on the park. That’s it. So how do you become the best fielding side on the park? Fitness. And that’s why there have been parameters set,” he said.
Shastri further backed the selectors’ decision to keep fitness as the primary criterion for selecting a player in the national team.
“My job is not to get involved in selection ever because I want my players to trust me. That’s the job of selectors. They watch more cricket and they see it the year around. If anyone fits into their parameters, depending on their form, then on the cricket field, they are available for selection,” he said.