In the last 2 decades, the fitness of International cricketers has jumped up a good few levels.
The Yo Yo Test has become mandatory for all the cricket stars as it helps in determining the fitness of a player. The team’s strength and conditioning coach Shankar Basu introduced this test to help maintain the fitness levels of players.
While many fans believe that Virat Kohli is the best athlete in the world of cricket, let us take look at 4 of his national teammates who may have better fitness levels.
Hardik Pandya – 19
Virat Kohli has a Yo Yo Test score of 19 and Hardik Pandya is just marginally ahead of the skipper. As per the yoyotest.com website, Pandya has a minor lead over Kohli in terms of Yo Yo Test score.
Manish Pandey – 19.2
Ranked at no. 3 on the list of Indian cricketers with the highest Yo Yo Test score is Sunrisers Hyderabad’s star Manish Pandey. The Karnataka-based star has a score of 19.2 in this fitness test.
Mayank Dagar – 19.3
Mayank Dagar has not played a single international match for the Indian cricket team yet, but the nephew of Virender Sehwag has recorded a Yo Yo Test score of 19.3. Dagar is a part of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL and he should make his IPL debut soon.
Ahmad Banday – 19.4
This inclusion might be a surprise but the numbers show that this guy belongs here. The number one position in the list of Indian cricket stars with the highest Yo Yo Test score is Jammu and Kashmir’s opening batsman Ahmad Banday. As per a report by greaterkashmir.com, the opening batsman a Yo Yo Test score of 19.4, the best for any player in the country.
It is noteworthy that Pakistan’s opening batsman Shan Masood, who recently scored 156 runs against England, has a Yo Yo Test record of 22.1, which is matched by his teammate Muhammad Rizwan.