Bangalore: Team India batsman Rohit Sharma has passed the Yo-Yo test and will be travelling with the rest of the team for their tour of England on June 23. The Mumbai batsman had earlier failed the fitness test during season XI of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and with clouds cast over his place, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was put in standby option.
He himself confirmed the news on his Instagram account on Wednesday. “Yo-Yo See you shortly Ireland,” he captioned.
The Yo-Yo test is a mandatory fitness parameter for players set by the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) for a place in national team. All players had undergone the test but not Rohit, who had taken permission from the BCCI for postponing it to Wednesday.
There were doubts over Rohit’s fitness as he previously failed the Yo-Yo test twice during the Indian Premier League (IPL) season. As a result, his Mumbai counterpart Rahane was put on standby for the ODI squad in case Rohit needs to be swapped.
There is a section in BCCI which even feels that Ajinkya Rahane's limited overs case has not been handled well by the selectors and the current team management (skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri), a senior BCCI official told PTI.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, who had taken permission from the BCCI to skip the 15 June YoYo test on that particular day, will appear for the same at the NCA on Sunday.
"Rohit had taken permission from the BCCI for his personal engagements (he is in Russia as a brand ambassador of a watch company). There's no rule that all tests have to be conducted on the same day. He will be appearing for the YoYo Test tomorrow," GM (cricket Operations) Saba Karim said.
With 2019 World Cup in mind, the Indian selection committee had earlier brought back veteran left-hander Suresh Raina in the One-Day squad for the England tour, replacing Ambati Rayudu, who failed his fitness test.
The 31-year-old Raina, a seasoned campaigner of 223 ODIs with 5568 runs under his belt, is a part of the current T20 squad. He beat an in-form Rishabh Pant due to his vast experience.
Raina last played 50-over format in 2015 October and is making a comeback after two years and 8 months....