Indian cricket have stressed a lot on fitness off late    AFP
India cricketers have stressed a lot on fitness off late AFP

The much talked-about Yo Yo Test may get tougher for the Indian cricket team in near future. According to reports, the passing marks currently 16.1 maybe pushed to 16.5 or 17. This will add to the workload of Team India members. Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina have flunked the test twice, before the latter cleared it recently. According to Hindustan Times, a source revealed: “There are discussions going on as to whether the benchmark could go a touch higher, say 16.5, to increase the fitness standards further. There has to be a progression in every aspect and fitness is no different. However, nothing has been finalised.

Author’s take

For the unaware, Anil Kumble had made it mandatory for players to clear the fitness test in order to feature in the lineup. In recent times, many teams including Pakistan have stressed upon fitness to keep their players in good health amidst excessive cricket being played every calendar year. Different teams have set different speed levels for their respective players to clear the test. While India have set it at 16.1, Pakistan have kept it at 17.4 and New Zealand at 20.1.