Sachin Tendulkar weighed in on the yo-yo test debate and said that the results of the test shouldn’t be the sole criteria for selection in the Indian cricket team.The yo-yo Test has led to players like Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu being omitted from the squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan and England tour respectively. While Shami’s exclusion didn’t lead to a fuss, Rayudu’s did put the Indian team management under the scanner.Former players and pundits were not in agreement with the team’s decision to drop a player, who scored over 600 runs in IPL 2018 and earned a place in the Indian middle-order that is still looking for a No. 4 batsman with less than a year to go for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.Speaking about the issue, Tendulkar said that fitness is important but the ability of the player should also be considered before making a decision.”I feel certain fielding standards are critical. Now I haven’t done the Yo-Yo Test. We had the beep test, which is more or less similar,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.”But that shouldn’t be the only criterion. It should be a mixture of fitness and also looking at the ability of a player. I think Yo-Yo test is important but also looking at the ability of the player and how fit or unfit the player is.”Earlier, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also said that a cricketer should be selected on the basis of his skill and not because of the new fitness criteria.advertisement”There is this new drama of Yo-Yo test, which for me does not exist in cricket. This is for footballers and hockey players because in this test, you can run forward once and then run back, which never happens in cricket. And because of this test a very in-form batsman like Ambati Rayudu could not make his place in the Indian team.”I don’t feel Yo-Yo test is the parameter of selection and it should not be. Your form, your skills, that should be the most important thing and there should be a fitness criteria that the whole team can do together,” Bhajji said.Former Team India opener Aakash Chopra was also of the opinion that players should be given time to prove their fitness if they are selected in the Indian cricket team.”If Virat Kohli fails the test, will you drop him? So if a player does not even get time it is weird. To Kohli, you will even give him 2 weeks because you want him to play. So if a player is not afforded time, it is unfortunate,” Chopra said on Sports Tak.Former India captain Azharuddin also agreed with Harbhajan and Chopra, stating that match fitness should be taken into account for some players rather than how they perform in the yo-yo test.According to Azhar, even a lot of the stalwarts of the past including current India coach Ravi Shastri wouldn’t have passed the test had it been a selection criteria in the past.”It’s true that there has to be a fitness level but there are some players who cannot do a lot of fitness exercises because their bodies don’t allow it. For example, I was quite fit but if I was asked to touch my toes, I could not do that. But when the ball came, I used to field better than most.”If you tell Sunny bhai (Sunil Gavaskar) to do Yo-Yo test, he just won’t be able to do it. Many of our master players cannot do it. So for some players, match fitness should be kept in mind because the fitness of each player is different.”I feel it gets embarrassing for players. They should be told before that you have failed in the yo-yo test and you will not be selected. That will be fine but the players’ ability should also be looked at.”If you have set a fitness parameter like the coach (Ravi Shastri) is saying, the coach could have never passed that yo-yo test. There should be more thought given to this fitness test,” Azhar said.However, all this has had little effect on the team management as Team India coach has made it clear that the Yo-Yo Test is here to stay.”I think it’s a combination of both ability and fitness. If you are fit, you can enhance that ability. That is one thing that has been emphasized on while designing the Yo-Yo fitness Test. And it is here to stay. Whoever thinks it’s a one off thing, he is sadly mistaken and that person can take a walk,” Shastri said.advertisement”The philosophy is simple. You pass the test, you play. You don’t, you sit. So this is not going to go anywhere. The captain leads from the front, the selectors the management are on the same page. And the boys have responded extremely well.”
Authorities say a Sheldon woman has died after the crash of an all-terrain vehicle in northwest Iowa.25-year-old Shaleah Donavon was a passenger on an ATV driven by 26-year-old Garrett Crowl, of Ashton.The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office says Crowl lost control of the ATV he was driving on a gravel road, which slid sideways, rolled and struck a tree.The accident occurred a little before 7 p.m. Sunday about two miles north of Sheldon.The Sheriff’s Office says Donavon was pronounced dead at the Sheldon hospital.Crowl was airlifted to a hospital in Sioux Falls.
Image Courtesy: Incat CrowtherIn today’s spotted we present you Shi Zi Yang 7, a 40-meter catamaran passenger ferry which has been launched in Hong Kong.To be operated by Sea’s Young in Hong Kong, the ship was constructed by shipbuilder Wang Tak.The 199-passenger ferry was designed by naval architect Incat Crowther.“The design of the vessel focuses on an efficient hull form. An effectively laid out deck plan keeps superstructure to a minimum, with hull cross structure eliminated where not required,” Incat Crowther said.Powered by a pair of MTU 12V2000 M72 main engines, Shi Zi Yang 7 can achieve a speed of up to 32 knots.