Six Indian cricketers failed to qualify for 2 KM run fitness test at NCA.
National Cricket Academy (NCA): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently introduced new item for the fitness test of the Indian cricketers. The new 2 KM run has been introduced and according to the reports, six Indian cricketers have failed to qualify for the long run.
The six players include wicketkeeper batsmen Sanju Samson, and Ishan Kishan. All-rounder Rahul Tewatia, batsman Nitish Rana and pacer Siddarth Kaul and Jayadev Unadkat. The 2 KM run was conducted at National Cricket Academy (NCA) Bangalore this week.
The officials have assured that the concerned players will get another chance for the test as the item is new to the basket.
“Since this is a new type of fitness test, they will all get a second chance to clear it at a fresh date, after some gap.”
However, if they fail after given a second chance than their selection for the upcoming five T20Is and three ODIs against England could be in danger.
In 2018, two Indian cricketers Mohammad Shami and Ambati Rayudu failed to clear the yo-yo fitness test following which they had to miss out on the limited-overs leg for England’s tour.
“A few fitness tests were held at NCA this week for roughly around 20 cricketers who are in the reckoning for the contention for the upcoming limited over series against England and for the T20I World Cup later this year. The fitness test includes two kilometres run and the players have to complete the milestone in eight minutes and thirty seconds while for the pacers the time duration reduced by 15 seconds. Pacers need to complete the run in eight minutes and 15 seconds,” an official source said.
“Six players failed to complete the test in the given time while some players barely managed to complete the run.”
When asked about the base beside the conduction of this test, the source said, “Like in the case of the Yo-Yo test, it is mandatory for the cricketers. Head coach Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli are impressed with the criteria.”