Team India head coach, Ravi Shastri has stated the yo-yo test is a compulsion for every Indian player who wants to make it into the playing XI.
Shastri said the fitness test is here to stay for the Indian team. Thus, it is mandatory for every player to clear the fitness test.
Meanwhile, there was a miscommunication between the team management and BCCI regarding the fitness test. Players were informed about the fitness test after their team selection which had led to confusion.
Moreover, players like Mohammad Shami, Sanju Samson, and Ambati Rayudu were shown the exit doors after failing the yo-yo test.
Ravi Shastri Clarifies all the Confusion.
“The Yo-Yo Test is here to stay. If you can pass it, well and good. If not, you can take a walk. There is no room for error. The captain is leading from the front,” said Shastri in the pre departure press conference in Delhi on Friday.
Meanwhile, it also got reported that Ravi Shastri had raised the fitness test bar. Shastri had increased the passing score from 16.1 to 16.3 for the Indian players.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli is raring to go all guns blazing for the England tour. Kohli said the break had helped him in recuperating on time.
“I am 100 percent ready to go. I have had a good practice. Body is feeling fine. These sort of breaks really help and keep you mentally fresh,” said Kohli.
The Indian captain added the game plan would remain the same for the England tour, as it was for the series against South Africa and Sri Lanka.
Kohli said the team’s mindset doesn’t change for one particular series.
“The strategy will be the same as it was during the tour to South Africa, Sri Lanka. Our mindset doesn’t change on the basis of one series. We have patience and the focus is on how to win matches,” he said.
India will play three T20 International matches, as many One-Dayers and five Test matches on the England tour. Virat Kohli-led team will play two-match T20I series against Ireland before the England series.