Yo-yo tests have been a big part of Indian cricket team’s fitness routine for several years now. Introduced by strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu in 2017, yo-yo tests measure cricketer’s endurance fitness levels.
A yo-yo test score in cricket is calculated by measuring the number of shuttles done at a specific speed level.
During a yo-yo test, athletes begin with a speed level of 5 which involves one shuttle, and the test can go up to speed level 23 which is the highest one.
For example, reaching speed level 16 and then completing three shuttle runs at that level would be recorded as 16.3.
Here’s a look at the five Indian cricketers who have the highest score in yo-yo tests.
The left-arm pacer suffered from a slate of injuries throughout his playing career, but that didn’t stop him from being one of yo-yo test’s best performers.
Nehra admitted that past experiences with the blip test in 2002-03 and his love for running allowed him to score so highly in the yo-yo test.
In what will come as a surprise to many cricket fans, Indian skipper Virat Kohli has only the fourth best score in yo-yo tests among Indian cricketers.
He has a yo-yo test score of 19, which has been beaten by several Indian cricketers over the years.
His score is matched by that of Hardik Pandya, with the all-rounder known for his fitness in the Indian team.
Apart from being a great fielder, Manish Pandey also holds the tag of having a better yo-yo test score than Virat Kohli.
The batsman’s yo-yo Test score of 19.2 from 2017 makes him one of the fittest players to play for India.
Manish Pandey’s yo-yo test record was broken by a young Mayank Dagar in July 2018. The 24-year-old was part of Kings XI Punjab in 2018. Dagar is the nephew of former star opener Virender Sehwag.
While he never got a chance to showcase his talent in the IPL, he made headlines for his outstanding performance in the yo-yo test.
The top spot in the yo-yo test race goes to Jammu and Kashmir’s opening batsman Ahmed Banday.
The youngster notched up a score of 19.4 during the 2018 domestic season, which remains the highest score recorded by an Indian cricketer till date.
Data acquired from theyoyotest.com