LAST UPDATED: Feb. 12, 2021, 12:06 p.m.
Mumbai: Wicketkeeper-batsmen Sanju Samson and Ishan Kishan, batsman Nitish Rana, legspinner allrounder Rahul Tewatia and seamers Siddarth Kaul and Jaydev Unadkat have all failed in a new ‘2 km run fitness test introduced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore in this week.
The test introduced by the BCCI for a ‘2 km run’ is a new type of fitness test which is why the players failed while attempting it for the first time. They all will be given a second chance as well to pass the new test introduced.
If in case they fail to clear it then their selection will be put to the approaching white ball series consisting of five T20Is and ODIs against England at home in doubt.
In 2018 many players including Samson, Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu had failed to clear the yo-yo test. Thereafter the players who failed in the test were not included for the limited-overs games on the England tour.
Samson was part of the Indian team that played the T20I series in Australia last winter.
“A few fitness tests were conducted for around 20-odd cricketers who are in reckoning for the limited overs series against England at home and for the T20 World Cup in India later this year. Among these tests was the now famous yo-yo test and the new ‘2 km run’ fitness test. In this test, a batsman, a wicketkeeper or a spinner has to complete the two kilometer distance in eight minutes and 30 seconds while for the fast bowler the benchmark is eight minutes and 15 seconds. Six of the players failed to clear these tests. Some players barely managed to complete the run,” the sources said.
On being asked about the thought of conducting this new test, the source said “Like in the case of the yo-yo test, it will be mandatory. Kohli and Shastri are convinced about these criteria being set in stone.”