Kerala wicket-keeper batsman, Sanju Samson has done exceptionally well in the Yo-Yo test and has passed the prescribed score of 16.1 successfully. In fact, Samson, who was named in the India A squad for the ongoing England tour was later dropped from the squad as he had failed to clear the Yo-Yo test (score 15.6) which was taken four weeks back.
The talented youngster missed out from an important tour because of his fitness, but has made up for it in style by getting a commendable score of 17.4 in the Yo-Yo test. A lot of credit must go to Samson for working hard on his fitness and clearing the test within a span of only four weeks.
Sanju Samson has been performing consistently in the domestic tournaments and played a major role in taking Kerala to the quarter final in the Ranji Trophy.
He had a great run in this year’s Indian Premier League playing for the Rajasthan Royals, where he scored 441 runs at an average of 31.50, which also included three half centuries.
Throughout his IPL career, he has amassed a total of 1867 runs at an average of 26.67, having scored 10 fifties and has one century to his name.
Samson is one of the most promising batsman in India right now and has been hailed as the future of Indian cricket by many ex cricketers. He was mentored by Rahul Dravid in the initial phase of his career and has been constantly knocking on the doors of Team India by performing consistently.
Fitness has been a major criteria for the selection in the Indian team and a lot of emphasis is given to it by the skipper, Virat Kohli and the coach, Ravi Shastri. The captain leads by example by setting high fitness standards for himself. Even in the past, many players have missed out from the side because of failing the Yo-Yo test.
Most recently, Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu were withdrawn from the England ODI series and Afghanistan test match respectively as they had failed their fitness tests. Shami has now cleared the test.
Samson has once again shown that he is here to stay and could be a serious contender for the Indian side.