Yo-Yo test is the recent benchmark of selection in Indian cricket team. It was started back in year 2016 under the guidance of then Indian Head Coach, Anil Kumble. The decision got support of players like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Many players have failed to keep up to it’s set standard and it remains a mystery for people. It was in quite in news of late. As Ravi Shastri put it
“I think it’s a combination of both ability and fitness. If you are fit, you can enhance that ability. That is one thing that has been emphasized on while designing the Yo-Yo fitness test. And it is here to stay. Whoever thinks it’s a one off thing, he is sadly mistaken and that person can take a walk,”
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Here we explain to you the test considered ideal for cricket fitness. Drawn from reliable sources it takes you through the toughness players are put to.
- A yo-yo test involves a player shuttling between two cones that are set 20 metres apart on flat ground. He starts on a beep and needs to get to the cone at the other end before the second beep goes. He then turns back and returns to the starting cone before the third beep. That is one “shuttle”. A player starts at speed level 5, which consists of one shuttle. The next speed level, which is 9, also consists of one shuttle. Speed level 11, the next step up, has two shuttles, while level 12 has three and level 13 four. There are eight shuttles per level from 14 upwards. Level 23 is the highest speed level in a yo-yo test, but no one has come close to getting there yet. Each shuttle covers a distance of 40 metres, and the accumulated distance is an aggregate of distance covered at every speed level.
- The player gets ten seconds to recover between shuttles. At any point if he fails to reach the cone before the beep goes, he gets a first warning. Usually a player gets a few “reminders” to keep to the pace, but three official warnings generally marks the end of the test.
- As a player moves up the levels, the time available to complete each shuttle diminishes, which means he needs to run quicker to reach the next cone before the beep. The player runs until he gets his three warnings, and the level achieved at that point is the test result.
Impact on the game
A yo-yo test also helps measure the aerobic capacity of a player. The major physical components of cricket are based around aerobics, strength, speed, so how fit, fast and strong they are. This way, they can play the game for longer and faster and they can do things like stop the ball, take a miracle catch or run between wickets faster. The intention behind the yo-yo tests is to mean less injuries because the guys are fitter. It is going to mean high level of performance, because recovery is better out on the field. The turnaround time between matches is shorter now, so they are going to recover quickly between games. Also, once a player gets into shape to routinely pass the yo-yo test, he will find it will improve his batting ability, because you recover better between runs running ones, twos, threes.