Rohit Sharma could not appear for the Yo Yo Test initially as he was not in the country due to prior commitments. It was later reported that Rohit will appear for the Test on Sunday. The date got postponed to Tuesday and then it was further postponed to Wednesday i.e. today.
Defying all odds, Rohit Sharma passed the Yo-Yo Test and put an end to all the rumours. It was speculated that Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been kept on standby in case Rohit fails the Test.
“There is nothing new in having a stand by. In case the necessity arises, Rahane is being seen as a reserve opener and will fill in that role. As of now, we have not heard that Rohit has any fitness issues,” a BCCI official said.
The star batsman himself broke the news:
The BCCI had earlier responded to claims that Sharma is intentionally delaying the Yo-Yo Test as he is not currently fit enough as per the 16.1 benchmark. While Ambati Rayudu, Mohammad Shami and Sanju Samson failed to clear the Yo-Yo Test, Rohit Sharma managed to skip the test first up.
“Rohit had taken permission from the BCCI for his personal engagements (he is in Russia as a brand ambassador of a watch company). There’s no rule that all tests have to be conducted on the same day. He will be appearing for the Yo-Yo Test tomorrow,” Saba Karim, GM Cricket Operations said.
A few days earlier, a majority of the Indian cricketers passed the Yo-Yo Test. Most Indian players including the likes of Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Siddarth Kaul and Manish Pandey cleared the Yo-Yo test without much difficulty. Senior cricketers MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav and Suresh Raina also cleared the test handsomely.