Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag has expressed his opinion on the Yo-Yo test. The BCCI had recently made the Yo-Yo test and Dexa scan mandatory for selection purposes. Sehwag criticized the decision and claimed that many legendary players would not have made it to the Indian team if the Yo-Yo test had been mandatory during his time. He had earlier commented on weightlifting exercises that could lead to player injuries. Recently, Shreyas Iyer was ruled out due to a back injury.
“There was a trend in the Indian team that if you fail Yo-Yo test, you won’t get a chance. If this was the case during our time, then a lot of legendary players wouldn’t have been part of the team because they would have failed the Yo-Yo test.”
SKILL IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT: SEHWAG
“During our time, focus was on skills. Who will win you matches: One who performs well or the one who runs better? If you want good runners, then have them run marathons, no need to play cricket. That’s what I believe,”
Virender Sehwag further said.
Instead of weightlifting in the gym, Sehwag advised players to prioritize their skills to avoid injury issues.
“Time has changed. During our time, the focus was on practicing and improving skills be it fielding, bowling or batting. Gym may help me in improving my career span and it’s important but it’s different for everyone. If body permits weightlifting, then do it. But if you have concerns, be it back issue, knee problem, then there should be a limit. Skill is more important.”
In 2017, Virender Sehwag was approached to apply for the India coach’s role as Anil Kumble’s successor. The former India opener stated that he was approached by Virat Kohli, the then India captain, and Amitabh Choudhary, the BCCI secretary.
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