Prithvi Shaw fails fitness test at NCA, Hardik Pandya clears with flying colours
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Prithvi Shaw fails fitness test at NCA, Hardik Pandya clears with flying colours: Young Indian batter, Prithvi Shaw has failed a yo-yo fitness test organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) ahead of the Tata IPL 2022.

As per the reports, Prithvi Shaw scored an aggregate of less than 15, while BCCI’s minimum score to pass the fitness test is 16.5.

However, it must be noted that this fitness test result won’t restrict the Delhi Capitals batter to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) season fifteen. 

“These are just fitness updates. Obviously, it doesn’t stop Prithvi from playing for Delhi Capitals in IPL,” a BCCI source told PTI. “It’s just a fitness parameter and not the be all and end all.

The official further said that Shaw recently played three Ranji Trophy matches back to back which might have affected his overall performance in the fitness test.

“He has played three Ranji matches back-to-back. Once you play three first-class games on the bounce, the fatigue can also affect your yo-yo score.”

Shaw will soon join his IPL franchise in Mumbai and begin training for the IPL 2022. Delhi Capitals (DC) will play its first match against Mumbai Indians (MI) on March 27th at the Brabourne Stadium.

All the centrally contracted players, who were not a part of the India vs Sri Lanka squad, were called to the NCA to give a fitness test to assess the fitness levels of the players ahead of the IPL 2022. The move was taken to have optimum fitness standards for the awaiting busy international calendar ahead of team India.

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Hardik Pandya bowls at NCA, clears fitness test:

Hardik Pandya arrive at NCA to undergo fitness test ahead of IPL 2022
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Meanwhile, Gujarat Titans (GT) skipper Hardik Pandya has reportedly cleared the yo-yo fitness test with flying colours. The all-rounder had a bowl and passed the fitness test held at the NCA.

It must be noted that it was important for Hardik to clear the fitness test as he has been inactive from cricket for a while now. The all-rounder made himself unavailable for national selection post-India’s campaign in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

“Let’s make it clear. Fitness test clearance is only for those who are coming back from injury. In the case of Hardik, it was about getting a general fitness assessment going into the gruelling IPL season,” the BCCI source said. “He is an asset and one needed to check his current fitness standards.

“He didn’t need to bowl at NCA but he has bowled for considerable time and in the range of 135 kmph. On the second day, he crossed the yo-yo test with flying colours with a 17-plus score, which is much above the cut-off level.”

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