Rohit Sharma set to travel to England after clearing Yo-Yo test on second attempt

Sudhir Gupta 20/06/2018
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Rohit Sharma took the test at the NCA in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Rohit Sharma has finally cleared the Yo-Yo fitness test and is set to travel with the India limited-overs squad in their upcoming tour of England.

The India opening batsman is reported to have retaken the test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru on Wednesday and is said to have passed it this time according to IndiaTV.

The BCCI has mandated clearing the Yo-Yo test as a minimum requirement for selection to the Indian team with various players failing to clear that hurdle over the past few months.

Rohit was initially supposed to take the test on June 15 but the Mumbai batsman decided to skip it before taking it two days later on June 17. It was reported that the opener had failed to pass the test after not being able to clear the minimum threshold of 16.1.

Rohit had reportedly failed his first attempt on June 17.

Rohit had reportedly failed his first attempt on June 17.

He is said to have asked the BCCI for another chance to take the test and was granted a chance on Tuesday. However, the India star failed to turn up at the NCA for his test and it was subsequently deferred to Wednesday.

India are slated to depart for Dublin, Ireland on June 23 from Delhi where they will take on the hosts in two T20Is. The team will then leave Dublin for English shores for an extensive tour where they will play three ODIs and as many T20Is before finishing with a five-match Test series.

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Former India selector Sandeep Patil says players should be given second chance if they fail Yo-Yo test

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Critical of the BCCI: Sandeep Patil

Ex-Indian coach, batsman and chief selector Sandeep Patil believes players must be given a second chance if they fail the Yo-Yo test.

Ambati Rayudu, who was making his comeback to the national team after two years, became the latest victim of the test and was dropped from the squad for India’s ODI series against England.

Prior to that, Mohammed Shami was dropped for the Afghanistan Test after failing to meet the required mark.

The Yo-Yo test is mandatory for all Indian cricketers wishing to represent the national team but Patil has questioned the BCCI’s policy.

“Like in Test cricket, where a player is given two innings to prove himself, even in the case of Yo-Yo tests, he should be given two chances,” he was quoted as saying in the Times of India.

“If a player isn’t able to clear the test, give him another crack at it a few hours later, or the next day. There could be many reasons why Ambati Rayudu failed the Yo-Yo test that day. A player may not be mentally there. You’re talking about the career of a player. He has performed well for the whole year in domestic cricket, and in half-an-hour, you’ll decide whether he’d go on the tour or not. You don’t drop players like this.”

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Watch India batsman Shikhar Dhawan's mesmerising flute skills

Sudhir Gupta 19/06/2018
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India batsman Shikhar Dhawan is well known for his attacking style of cricket, array of tattoos, impressive beard and even the trademark ‘thigh five’ celebration.

But did you know the left-handed batsman is a fairly accomplished flautist?

Dhawan posted a video on Instagram with Giridhar Udupa –  percussionist and a leading exponent of the traditional instrument ‘ghatam’ – playing the flute with amazing proficiency.

“Amazing start to the week. Learning one step at a time. Patience and practice are the key. With my friend Udupa bhai here who is a great ghatam player. Hope everyone has a great week,” Dhawan said in his post.

In an earlier post, Dhawan revealed he had been taking flute classes for three years. “For the last three years I have been learning the flute which is my favourite instrument. I have had the privilege of taking lessons with my Guru Venugopal Ji. This is to demonstrate that at any age one can pursue their passion,” Dhawan had posted

Watch the videos below.

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