Yo-Yo test sounds very cool, and am glad it is not remotely related to yo-yo Honey Singh but the very game of cricket. Yo-Yo test is a physical fitness test conducted by the BCCI in order to verify if a player is fit enough to play or not.
Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh who retired in June 2019, finally spoke about his retirement and the results of this fitness test that he cleared at the age of 36. Singh popularly known as Yuvi played an important part in the world cup wins of both 2007 and 2011. After a battle with lung cancer, it was inspirational to see him return to the field. The fans and the entire cricketing world was sad when Yuvi declared his retirement and a lot of controversy was spun around when Yuvi’s father Yograj Singh spoke up about biased selectors and also pulled his guns at former skipper M.S. Dhoni.
The thing is that sportsmen do retire, this happens in every sport out there (Roger Fedrer maybe an exception and we shall see him play and win grand slams in next 50-60 years too), but the thing is that the organizations which handle the sport should know how bid farewell to a player who has done the country proud at many occasions.
This is what Yuvi said, ” I got injured and I was told to prepare for the Sri Lanka series. Then suddenly, the yo-yo test came into the picture. It was a u-turn in my selection. Suddenly I had to go back and prepare for the yo-yo test at the age of 36. Even after I cleared the yo-yo test, I was told to play domestic cricket,”
“They actually thought that I wouldn’t be able to clear the test due to my age. And that it would be easy to decline me afterwards…yeah you can say it was an exercise in making excuses,”
“Never thought that I would be dropped after being the man of the match in 2 games out of the 8-9 I played after the Champions Trophy 2017,” Yuvraj mentioned.
“I think it was unfortunate for a guy who has played 15-17 years of international cricket to not being made to sit down and being talked to. No one told me and no one told Virender Sehwag or Zaheer Khan either,”
“Whichever player it is, the person who is in-charge should sit down and talk with the player that we are looking at the youngsters and we’ve taken this step. This way, you do feel bad at the beginning but at least you give them the credit of being true to your face, which doesn’t happen in Indian cricket. It has been like that forever almost,”
“I have seen it happen to big names. Took it personally then but not now as there is a time for everything to move on and I have made my peace with it,”
Yuvi did not just spoke about himself but many other legendary players like Sehwag and Zaheer Khan, this might be an issue with BCCI, that they just don’t know how to let players go and how to bid them goodbye in style. The speculations about Dhoni’s retirement have also been going on but things haven’t been declared as of now.