Hardik Pandya, the injured India all-rounder, received the clearance to lead Gujarat Titans in the 2022 IPL. Pandya underwent a general evaluation at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He bowled well and easily passed the ‘Yo-Yo’ Test.
Pandya Passes The Fitness Test
Before the IPL, the BCCI is checking on all of its centrally contracted players, whether injured or not. Pandya’s performance at the NCA over two days might potentially be interpreted positively for Indian cricket.
“Let’s be clear about this. Fitness test permission is only taken by individuals who have recovered from an injury, ” an anonymous BCCI source told PTI. “In Hardik’s case, it was about having a general fitness check before the gruelling IPL season”.
The NCA team did not even require him to bowl in his fitness testing module. However, the all-rounder appears to have “insisted” on it in order to demonstrate that he is on track to return to the Indian team.
“Hardik Pandya didn’t need to bowl at NCA, but he has bowled for a long time and at speeds up to 135 kmph. He passed the Yo-Yo test with flying colours on the second day. Pandya received a score of 17 or more, which is far higher than the cut-off level “According to the source.
Prithvi Shaw Disappointed In The Assessment Results
Out-of-favour opener Prithvi Shaw, on the other hand, will be little unhappy with his current fitness level. The former U-19 World Cup captain, who is not on the central contract, was also at the NCA to update his fitness status. However, the outcome was less than ideal.
For men, the current Yo-Yo test qualification score is 16.5. The Mumbai opener, according to sources, scored less than 15 points.
“These are simply health and fitness updates. Obviously, this does not prevent Prithvi from playing for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL. It is only a fitness metric, not the be-all and end-all,” according to the source.
“Look, he’s played three Ranji matches in a row. When you play three first-class games in a row, weariness can damage your Yo-Yo score,” he continued.
Shaw hasn’t been among the fittest Indian players of late. That could be one of the reasons he hasn’t been considered for any of the current senior teams across formats.
Even as a replacement, the team management selected Mayank Agarwal as a reserve opener in the white-ball format.
“These are simply fitness updates. Obviously, this does not prevent Prithvi from playing for the Delhi Capitals in the IPL. It’s merely a fitness measure, not the be-all and end-all,” according to the source.