Yo-Yo Test Should be Held Before Selection - Mohammad Azharuddin

Published - 04 Jul 2018, 04:26 PM | Updated - 10 Jan 2019, 01:35 AM

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

The former India skipper, Mohammad Azharuddin said the yo-yo test should be held before the Indian team selection.

Azharuddin gave his opinion after there was a recent controversy when players were shown the exit doors after getting selected.

Rayudu, Shami failed yo-yo test

We saw that the likes of Mohammad Shami and Ambati Rayudu getting ruled out after they failed to clear the yo-yo Test.

Furthermore, the talented batsman, Sanju Samson was also excluded from the India A side after he could not pass the fitness test. Thus, there was some miscommunication between team management and BCCI officials.

Ambati Rayudu. AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

It is an embarrassing situation for players.

Mohammad Azharuddin said Ambati Rayudu got picked because of his IPL performance. Moreover, Rayudu shouldn’t have been dropped because of Yo-Yo test. Thus, it is an embarrassing situation for a player.

“For me, match performance should be the priority. Rayudu was picked after he showed his class act in IPL. But after you have picked him, you can’t drop him because of the Yo-Yo test. The test should have been conducted before the team selection. It’s embarrassing for everybody,” Azhar said while speaking to TOI.

Azhar added it is good to have a fitness benchmark. However, the former Hyderabad batsman believes his state player was unlucky to miss out on England tour.

“It’s good to have a benchmark. It is also important to understand that everyone’s body is different and so Rayudu was unlucky to have missed the opportunity to play in England,” he said.

Ambati Rayudu
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Meanwhile, the former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin said India has a realistic chance of winning in England.

Azhar said India has a good side to come up good in England.

“We have a 100 percent chance to win the series. We have a good side and can beat England by a good margin. For that to happen, we also have to bat well. Going by the conditions there in July, August, and September, the wickets will be good for batting. I believe the weather will be helpful,” he said.

In fact, Azharuddin believes India will be favourites to beat England. The former Indian skipper said it is difficult to pinpoint India’s strength.

“We can’t pinpoint if bowling or batting is our strength. In my opinion, both our batting and bowling departments are good. They are good enough to beat England. In fact, England would need brave efforts to beat India,” he said.


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