Why the Yo-Yo Test is Important: A Fitness Exam Used to Select Team

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The Indian cricket team’s selection process involves the use of two fitness tests: the Yo-Yo Test and DEXA. The BCCI Selection Committee recently held a meeting with the captain and coach of the men’s team to review their performance in the 2022 T20Is and to select players for the 2023 World Cup. The selection process included the use of the Yo-Yo Test, which has generated significant interest and curiosity among cricket fans and media.

So, what is the Yo-Yo Test?

It is a fitness examination that involves a series of shuttle runs, with the goal being to measure a player’s endurance and ability to repeatedly perform high-intensity exercise. The test involves running between two cones placed 20 meters apart at a progressively increasing speed, with the player required to reach the opposite cone before a beep sounds.

Yo-Yo Test explained

If the player fails to reach the opposite cone in time, the test is stopped and their score is recorded. The Yo-Yo Test is considered to be an important indicator of a player’s physical conditioning and is often used as a benchmark for selection to the Indian cricket team.

The Yo-Yo Test is a maximal aerobic endurance fitness assessment that involves running at progressively faster speeds until the point of exhaustion. Developed in the 1990s by Danish football physiologist Jens Bangsbo and his team, it has become a widely used physical fitness test in football.

The most common version of the Yo-Yo Test is known as the Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery Test Level 1, and it is frequently administered to athletes as a measure of their aerobic capacity and endurance. The test involves a series of shuttle runs between two markers set at a fixed distance apart, with the running speed increasing as the test progresses. The goal of the test is to determine an individual’s ability to sustain high-intensity exercise over an extended period of time.

Why it is in news ?

BCCI, reportedly, shortlisted 20 players for the ICC World Cup 2023 to be held in India. The meeting was attended by newly appointed BCCI President Roger Binny, secretary Jay Shah, captain Rohit Sharma, head coach Rahul Dravid, chief of NCA VVS Laxman, and Chairman of Senior Men Selection Committee Chetan Sharma. It was also decided that the Yo-Yo Test and DEXA will now be part of the selection criteria for the central pool of players.

According to reports, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has narrowed down its list of candidates for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2023 to be held in India to 20 players. The selection process included a meeting attended by several key figures in Indian cricket, including newly appointed BCCI President Roger Binny, secretary Jay Shah, captain Rohit Sharma, head coach Rahul Dravid, chief of the National Cricket Academy VVS Laxman, and Chairman of the Senior Men Selection Committee Chetan Sharma. During this meeting, it was decided that the Yo-Yo Test and DEXA would be included as part of the selection criteria for the central pool of players.

During the meeting, the roadmap for the 2023 World Cup, which will be held in India, was thoroughly examined. The availability of players, workload management, and fitness parameters were all discussed at length, as well as the roadmap for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. A statement on the matter noted that these issues were given due consideration during the meeting.

Why it is important ?

As part of its efforts to manage player workloads in the run-up to the men’s ODI World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is considering resting key Indian players during the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season. This initiative is designed to ensure that the players are in peak physical condition for the World Cup, which will be held in India in 2023.

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Abhishek Kumar
Abhishek Kumar
Abhishek Kumar is a final year undergraduate student at the University of Delhi, where he is studying English Honors. He is passionate about literature and language, and enjoys researching stories. Laziest in our team and he loves coffee.

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