The Indian cricket team has been one that focuses a great deal on fitness. The importance attributed to the same has helped in the side’s transition from a competitive one to one that is capable of beating any team in the world with ease. The ‘Yo-Yo’ test was a fitness test which was introduced during the last decade which helped the management identify players who are in the peak of fitness and those who are not.
Apart from the same, now another test has been introduced for the Indian players. All players wanting to earn a place in the squad must clear the new speed and endurance test over a distance of 2 km. The test will be a time trial test with obstacles and will have to be cleared within a specific time period.
‘It is important to take fitness to another level now’
According to a report in The Indian Express, the test will have different benchmarks for players with different roles in the side. Batsmen, spinners and wicket-keepers will have to clear it in 8 minutes and 30 seconds which pacers will have to clear it in 8 minutes and 15 seconds. The test is not a replacement to the Yo-Yo Test but will be a secondary fitness assessment test.
“The Board felt that the current fitness standard played a huge role in getting our fitness to the next level. It is important to take our fitness level to another level now. The time trial exercise will help us to compete even better. The Board will keep updating the standards every year,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying.
Ramji Srinivasan, a former Indian team trainer talked about the decision to add a new test and said, “It is more functional towards cricket. This will test speed, threshold zones, how you plan your running pace. And you can’t cheat as this is time-based.”