Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been cleared to participate in the IPL after clearing his fitness Test. The 28-year-old was part of the 10-day fitness camp arranged by the BCCI at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru.
Pandya’s fitness has been a cause of concern for the Indian team ever since his injury which has prevented him from bowling regularly. The all-rounder was not considered or available for Team India’s set of campaigns following the 2021 T20 World Cup.
According to sources, he cleared the yo-yo Test benchmark of 16.5 and was able to bowl consistently at the 135 kmph mark. A BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity:
Let’s make it clear. Fitness test clearance is only for those who are coming back from injury. In case of Hardik, it was about getting a general fitness assessment going into the gruelling IPL season,”
The source added:
“He is an asset and one needed to check his current fitness standards. He didn’t need to bowl at NCA but he has bowled for considerable time and in the range of 135 kmph. On the second day, he crossed the Yo-Yo test with flying colours with a 17-plus score which is much above the cut-off level,”
Pandya will be seen in action for the first time since the T20 World Cup while leading the Gujarat Titans in the upcoming edition of the 2022 IPL.
Prithvi Shaw fails Yo-Yo Test at the NCA camp
Opening batter Prithvi Shaw reportedly failed his fitness test at the NCA in Bengaluru. The 22-year-old could only muster a score of 15 in the Yo-Yo Test, well below the minimum required score of 16. Despite his poor fitness level, his participation in the IPL 2022 remains confirmed. The BCCI source said:
“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. Look, he has played three Ranji matches back-to-back. Once you play three first-class games on the bounce, the fatigue can also affect your Yo-Yo score,”
Shaw was retained by the Delhi Capitals after the previous IPL season. He will be seen opening for the franchise alongside David Warner.
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