Legendary Indian cricketer, Sunil Gavaskar said that cricket fitness should be the primary consideration for selection in Team India. Gavaskar’s comments came after the BCCI decided to reintroduce the ‘yo-yo’ test as a selection criterion. In his recent article for Mid-Day, Gavaskar said fitness is an individual thing with no one size fits all, stressing that when fitness parameters are measured not individually but collectively This can be difficult when set up.
In his piece, Sunil Gavaskar wrote: “The point I am trying to make is fitness is an individual thing and there is no such thing as a one size fits all. Fast bowlers need a different standard than spinners, wicketkeepers a higher standard and batsmen probably the lowest. So when the parameters are set for everyone and not according to one’s specialty then it is difficult.
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The former Indian skipper said that cricket fitness should be a major consideration for Team India, adding that even his Yo-Yo test result being made public is positive.
Explaining this, Sunil Gavaskar said, ‘Cricket fitness should be given maximum attention. And yes, it will be disclosed that if this fitness test is done in public domain with media, then we will know whether a player is ‘Yo Yo’ or not.
The veteran batsman further said that it is better to have experts in the selection panel than former players.
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Elaborating further, Sunil Gavaskar said, “The CAC has just interviewed candidates for the selection committee panel, but none was a bio-mechanics specialist or a physiology person. Since eligibility is going to be based on a player’s fitness, it may be better to have these experts in the selection panel than former cricketers.”