The much-debated yo-yo test has been in the headlines since India skipper Virat Kohli and the management made it mandatory for the players to be available for selection. Many cricketers like Ambati Rayudu, Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina were left out of the team as they failed to clear the test.
The yo-yo test involves a player shuttling between two cones, 20 metres apart on the flat ground. The player starts on the 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.
However, a player gets ten seconds to recover between shuttles. At any point, if he fails to reach the cone before the beep goes, he gets the first warning. Usually, a player gets a few reminders to keep to the pace, but three official warnings generally mark the end of the test.
Virat Kohli, who is known for setting fitness standards in the team and encouraging others to take it up seriously. He is one of the fittest cricketers in the world and is a role model for youngsters to follow. The cricketer from Delhi boasts a score of 19 in the yo-yo test.
Meanwhile, there are few Indian cricketers who have managed to record a better score than Kohli. Let us take a look at those cricketers:
The cricketer from Karnataka is one of the best fielders in the current setup. He runs the extra yards in the boundary ropes and takes those electrifying catches. Thus it is evident that he is also very fit. As per reports in Times Now, Manish Pandey has beaten Virat Kohli in the yo-yo test. The middle-order batsman has a score of 19.2 in the yo-yo test.
The batsman from Karnataka has had a very tragic international career. Despite scoring a triple century in seven innings and tons of runs in the domestic circuit. Apart from his skills as a batsman, Karun Nair is among the fittest cricketers in the circuit. As per India’s ex-trainer Shankar Basu, he is the fittest cricketer in the team and not Virat Kohli.
The India U19 star is still an unknown commodity but he hit the headlines two years ago beating Virat Kohli’s Yo-Yo score. Mayank Dagar has recorded a score of 19.3 surpassing both Kohli and Pandey in this aspect. He shared an Instagram story two years ago, mentioning his Yo-Yo score of 19.3.