Before leaving for England tour, Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri spoke to the press. Captain Virat Kohli was also present during that. During the entire conversation, Shastri made it clear how important the Yo-Yo Test is for selection in the Team India. He said, “You pass the test and play for India.
Regarding the Yo-Yo test, Shastri said, “There is some skill within you, but if you are fit you can bring it to glory. So we insist on the YO-YO test. If someone thinks that it is not too serious, then it is their mistake. They can go.”
Kohli, along with Shastri, also said that instead of being sentimental and emotional, it should be seen as a “tough decision” which will benefit the team. During this time, Kohli also mentioned Jaspreet Bumrah as an example.
He said, “Jaspreet Bumrah was bowling at 144 kmph in his last spell during the final Test and this is where the real test of fitness is seen. When you have people who are fit, hungry for good performance and are ready, then you do not just compete, but you win matches.”
Sandeep Patil Questioned Yo-Yo Test:
Before that, former chief selector Sandeep Patil had opposed the use of Yo-Yo Test in team selection. After failing in the Yo-Yo test, Ambati Rayudu the IPL 11 Superstar, was shown the way out of Team India. After which the former chairman of the selection committee had questioned the BCCI’s policies.