According to a report, the all-rounder Hardik Pandya passed the test as expected. The BCCI conducted a general assessment of the players, and Pandya seems to have done well. The 28-year-old is scheduled to captain Gujarat Titans during the IPL. A BCCI source told PTI about Pandya:
“Fitness test clearance is only for those who are coming back from injury. In the case of Hardik, it was about getting a general fitness assessment going into the gruelling IPL season. He is an asset and one needed to check his current fitness standards.”
The source added that the all-rounder did not need to bowl at the NCA to prove his fitness but still did so. He said:
“He didn’t need to bowl at NCA but he has bowled for a considerable time and in the range of 135 kmph. On the second day, he crossed the yo-yo test with flying colors with a 17-plus score, which is much above the cut-off level.”
India dropped Pandya following their performance at the T20 World Cup last year, as his inability to bowl hurt the balance of the team.
Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw fails yo-yo test
According to reports, Prithvi Shaw failed a yo-yo test held by the National Cricket Academy recently. However, the results will not have any impact on his selection for the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022). Shaw failed the yo-yo test with a score of less than 15. Players need to score 16.5 to pass the test. Shaw has not been part of the Indian team since a tour of Sri Lanka last year. A source was quoted as saying by the news agency:
“If Prithvi is not being repeatedly considered, then perhaps his fitness standards aren’t up to the mark, as in what is expected of a Team India player.”
On the impact the test results will have on Shaw’s participation in the IPL, the source clarified:
“These are just fitness updates. Obviously, it doesn’t stop Prithvi from playing for Delhi Capitals in IPL. It’s just a fitness parameter and not the be-all and end-all.”
Assuming Warner is available for selection in the IPL, Shaw is likely to open the innings for DC. He will partner Warner at the top of the order once the Australian is eligible for selection.