Suresh Raina clears Yo-Yo test, makes strong case for Indian cricket team comeback
Suresh Raina, who has not played for the Indian cricket team since the T20 series against England in February 2017, cleared the Yo-Yo Test at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.cricket Updated: Dec 21, 2017 18:24 IST
There is some good news for fans of Suresh Raina. The out-of-favour batsman has now cleared a big hurdle that was coming in his way of a comeback to the Indian limited-overs side.
Raina, who last wore an Indian cap during a home T20 series against England in February this year, announced on Friday his successful completion of the Yo-Yo test at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
One of the reasons cited by the selectors behind the Uttar Pradesh batsman’s omission from the Indian limited-overs side was that he, along with another out-of-favour Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, failed to clear the Yo-Yo test.
The Yo-Yo test is multi-stage variation of the beep test which is used to determine a player’s fitness. The credit for developing the test goes to Jens Bangsbo, a football physiologist from Denmark.
The 31-year old made this announcement on Twitter.
Cleared my Yo-Yo & fitness test today, after days of hard work at #NCA!— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) December 21, 2017
Received tremendous support from all the trainers, coaches & officials.
Thank you all! 👍
It’s always so encouraging to train here at #NCA, motivates me to push my limits and bring the best out of me. 💪 pic.twitter.com/E0Rr00NR4m
Raina, a member of World Cup winning Indian ODI team in 2011, has so far represented India in 18 Tests, 223 ODIs and 65 T20Is.
Though his Test cricket career never got going as evidenced by his career average of 26.48, he has proved a more than capable player in limited-overs format with a tally of 5568 runs at a strike rate of 93 in ODIs and 983 runs at a strike rate of 132 in T20s.