In a chat to Sportstar, Former Indian trainer Ramji Srinivasan has raised questions on the transparency of the Yo-Yo test and urged the BBCI to telecast it on TV.
The opposition to the Yo-Yo Endurance test has been steadily increasing. After the lengthening list of players failing the test like Mohammed Shami, Sanju Samson and Ambati Rayudu, people both inside and outside the setup have started questioning the ‘overrated’ test.
Former Indian trainer Ramji Srinivasan believes that the Yo-Yo test is apt for games like soccer but it cannot be considered the sole benchmark for fitness in cricket. “Yo-Yo is just a part of fitness drills, and it is basically for soccer. I don’t know how you can judge an athlete by just one aspect of fitness,” he stated.
Ramji had also monitored some of the CSK players in a two-week camp before the IPL and believes Rayudu to be a swift runner. Hence, he was surprised when the news of Rayudu flunking the test broke out.
“Rayudu covers the ground very quickly. Cricket is not rocket science. It is one of the easiest sports to train physiologically. The psychological aspect is more demanding. He is a fighter and he will be back,” he further said.
Srinivasan did not only stop here but when a step further, demanding the test to be telecasted on TV for the sake of transparency. “Sprint is easy, so is agility and speed, but it has to be standardised. The indoor-outdoor temperature and the time of the drill (morning or noon) are crucial. I am not sure how well it is being documented. If the BCCI wants to be open about it, they should telecast on television, with all the players lined up. That will shut everyone up,” he signed off.