Virendra Sehwag, one of the great cricketers of their time, has commented on the BCCI’s selection method. As per the rules of the Board for Control in Cricket in India, all the players must pass the yo-yo test if they want to play in the team.
As per the BCCI, there are two types of fitness tests and every player has to pass at least one of those tests if they want to play in the team. The first test is the Yo-Yo test in which the players have to run continuously back and forth. On the other one, they have to run two kilometers within a specified time. In the last few years, some of the great players like Sanju Samson and Mohammad Shami, got out of the team as they were unable to pass any of the fitness tests.
VIRENDER SEHWAG’s VIEWS ON THE RULE
Virender Sehwag has shared his opinion on the selection criteria in which he said that the players should rather be selected based on their skills and not their fitness. At some point, we feel that Sehwag was completely right as we have seen a lot of times situations where those who are not fit have performed very well as compared to the ones who are very fit. Sehwag also added that some of the great legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly couldn’t even pass the tests too, but still they were in the team and the rest is history.
According to Sehwag, skill is more important rather than fitness. If a player is very fit but does not have skills, he won’t be able to perform well. If a player has great playing skills but less fitness, he should get selected in the team as one can work on his fitness later on.
Do you think, Sehwag’s comment on the selection criteria of players is right?