Virat Kohli clears Yo-Yo test, Ambati Rayudu fails ahead of England tour

Virat Kohli is all set to take part in the two-match T20 Internationals in Ireland after clearing the YoYo test but there was bad news for middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu who failed to test.

cricket Updated: Jun 15, 2018 23:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Bangalore
Virat Kohli,Ambati Rayudu,India vs England
Virat Kohli was declared fit by the National Cricket Academy ahead of the Indian cricket team’s England tour.(AFP)

After pacer Mohammed Shami, Ambati Rayudu could be the latest addition to the list of India players undone by the strict fitness standards set by the team management.

It is learnt from well-informed sources that Rayudu has failed the Yo-Yo test and could face difficulty in keeping a place in the 16-member squad for the ODI tour of England. His fitness test was held at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) Friday morning. A final decision is yet to be taken by the team management.

READ | India vs Afghanistan: Ajinkya Rahane lauds batsmen after impressive win

Shami and India A wicket-keeper Sanju Samson have already failed the Yo-Yo test carried out few days ago. Shami failed to make it to squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan while Samson missed the India ‘A’ team’s tour to England.

The Indian team has set a standard parameter of clearing the Yo-Yo test which gives a measure of a player’s endurance and fitness. The current benchmark is 16.1 for the India senior team and A team. The team management is expected to discuss the outcome with the national selectors who were present here before taking a final call.

READ | Afghanistan learnt a lot from heavy loss against India, says coach Phil Simmons

First to turn up for the Yo-Yo tests were captain Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ambati Rayudu. The tests were carried at the ‘B’ ground in the NCA. Kohli, who was forced to cancel his County stint with Surrey due to a neck injury sustained during the Indian Premier League, looked at ease as he went about the drill under the watchful eyes of physio Patrick Farhat, trainer Shankar Basu and other support staff.

“Almost all the players including skipper Virat Kohli have comfortably cleared the qualifying mark for the YoYo test. Ambati Rayudu is the only player in the UK-bound squad, who has failed to clear the fitness test. His score is well below the permissible 16.1 set for the India and India A team. Rayudu will be dropped from the squad,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

After finishing his drills and interacting with his teammates, the skipper signed a sheet (possibly the results) before heading back indoors. Also spotted taking the test were Suresh Raina, Jasprit Bumrah, Washington Sundar, Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal and Manish Pandey.

(With inputs from PTI)

First Published: Jun 15, 2018 21:06 IST