Chennai Super Kings player Ambati Rayudu, who recently made it to the Indian cricket team after his outstanding performance in the 11th season of Indian Premier League, is likely to be dropped from Indian squad for England ODIs after failing the YoYo fitness test.
Apart from Ambati Rayudu, all the players, including skipper Virat Kohli, have cleared the YoYo test fitness benchmark.
The 32-year-old cricketer is the only player in UK-bound squad who was unable to pass the fitness test. As per reports in the Press Trust of India, Rayudu’s score was below the permissible 16.1 set for the India and India A teams and he will be axed from the Indian team.
A lot of people were shocked as to how someone who has scored close to 600 runs in the IPL couldn’t maintain requisite fitness standard within three weeks of the tournament’s completion.
The UK-bound limited overs specialist was on June 15 summoned to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for the customary YoYo Test with Kohli, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suresh Raina taking the test in the first batch.
Kohli didn’t look in any discomfort while taking the advanced beep test as he matched Dhoni step for step along with Bhuvneshwar, Kedar Jadhav and Suresh Raina.
Incidentally, Raina, who was one of the first players last year to have flunked the YoYo test (along with Yuvraj Sigh), has comfortably cleared it this time around.
It will be interesting to see who gets a chance in the ODI squad as Rayudu is now set to be dropped.
The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Siddharth Kaul, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manish Pandey were also seen taking the test after the batch comprising Kohli and Dhoni were done with theirs.
Earlier, the neck injury which he sustained during the IPL had thrown Kohli’s build-up for the UK tour in a haywire as he had to pull out of a planned stint with Surrey in the County Championship this month.
The YoYo test, which is the basic fitness parameter set by the Indian team management before any tour, was conducted at the National Cricket Academy ground, in the presence of Team India trainer Shankar Basu and the other support staff.
India will tour Ireland for T20 Internationals scheduled for June 27 and 29.
The tour of England, comprising three T20 Internationals, three ODIs and five Test matches, starts on July 3.
-With PTI inputs.