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Former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev gave his thoughts to Times Of India on the Yo-Yo fitness criteria test that has taken Indian cricket by storm. The legend was critical of the test as he felt that the player’s on-field performance should be given the first priority rather than the fitness level.
Kapil Dev also went on to state:
“If a player is match fit, he should be playing and there should not be any other criteria,
“Even football legend Diego Maradona wasn’t the fastest runner but whenever he had the ball, he was the fastest. Similarly, every cricketer has a different way of responding to fitness drill.
A bowler can perhaps clear the Yo-Yo test easily than a batsman. But this isn’t the ultimate test to judge a player.
It comes down to your performances on the field and cricketers should be judged only on the basis of their on-field performances,”
The recent axing of Ambati Raydu from the squad to England despite having a stellar IPL campaign brought over a wave of judgement on the controversial test.
Apart from Rayudu, pacer Mohammed Shami and wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson were also removed from the squad after failing to pass the test.