The Yo-Yo test is much in news now as it has been made mandatory for Indian cricketers to meet the minimum mark before they can be considered for selection. Hence, the likes of Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh and Amit Mishra find themselves out of reckoning for failure to meet the minimum required mark in this test.
Few critics argue that selection on the basis of Yo-Yo test is flawed as cricket is a game of skills and not of fitness. But in today’s competitive cricketing world, only fitness can help you maintain the consistency and your rich form. Take for example, Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper takes fitness routine extremely sincerely and is in top form across all formats.
For the records, Yo-Yo test checks a player’s endurance and stamina over a time frame. Read what’s Yo-Yo Test here.
But what if the Yo-Yo test was applicable in the past? How many legends would have passed this test or how many would have flunked? Cricwizz takes a look at past legends who would have flunked this test.
Arjuna Ranatunga: The former Sri Lankan skipper led his team to 1996 World Cup title. He played a cameo in the final against Australia and combined with centurion Aravinda de Silva to help Sri Lanka win their first major ICC title. Ranatunga is a highly respected Sri Lankan cricketing legend. But his fitness was below par. He carried a huge paunch and still managed to run between the wickets and hit tons. However, in most of the singles, he used to stroll to reach the other end. Ranatunga would have flunked the Yo-Yo test if it was applicable then, but would have merited selection on the basis of his run-making and leadership skills.
Inzamam-ul-Haq: The former Pakistan skipper had posted a triple ton in Test cricket. But it was brutal hitting than quick singles and twos. In fact, Inzy boasts of an infamous record of most run-outs in ODIs. He has also played a big role in getting his partner run-out on numerous occasions. His fitness was extremely questionable as his running between the wickets was extremely poor. There was always a chance of run-outs whenever Inzy was at the crease. He even carried a belly for most part of his international career and became the butt of most jokes. He would have failed the Yo-Yo Test regularly.
Sourav Ganguly: The former Indian skipper was not a swift runner and had a lazy elegance to his batting. His batting stance and shot-making made him look stylish when he played those delectable cover drives and lofted shots. But when it comes to fitness, Ganguly was not fully up to mark. He had his share of injuries, but his cricketing skills was above par. Thanks to the electric presence of Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif during Sourav Ganguly’s reign as skipper, some of the unfit players, including Ganguly, were hidden and did not affect the team much.
Shane Warne: The former Australian leg-spinner had a lazy bowling action. He used to walk towards the non-striker’s end and on reaching the crease, he used to twirl his body to give that extra spin to the ball. He also had that lazy stance and running between the wickets. But Warne was a master in leg-spin bowling. And cricket has not seen any other better spinner or on par of Warne ever since he had hung up his boots. But when it comes to fitness, Warne would have been a doubtful starter in this new Yo-Yo test. But he was too good a player to deny selection.
David Boon: The former Australian opener was a terrific hitter of the ball. But he along with Ranatunga and Inzy carried a big paunch and used to stroll towards the other end. Although he was energetic and was a good runner, it’s doubtful he would have passed the Yo-Yo Test as it is more about endurance and running a particular short distance consistently at a given time frame. Boon would have made the cut nevertheless for his effective batting.