After retiring from all forms of cricket earlier this month, former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra has been a part of the Hindi commentary panel for the ongoing India-Sri Lanka Series.
While the Test match in Kolkata was halted due to rain, Virender Sehwag, Nehra and Jatin Sparu had an elaborate discussion on the Yo-Yo Test in the commentary box.
When Sehwag asked what is this test all about, Nehra said,
“Yo-Yo test is just like we used to repeat the sprints and take the Blip test in 2002-03. In this test, you have to cover a range of 20 meters in a given time and have to return to start point on a blip. Once you reach 13 or 14 rating, you accelerate yourself. Team India has set 16.1 which is going to be 16.5 soon. So you have to run a lot.”
Nehra also said that he found this test easy as he was fond of running. He said,
“I found it easy because as a pacer, I’m fond of running. But some players find it difficult. Like Yuvraj Singh is still stuck in there and yet to clear it.”
When Viru asked about the topper of the test, Nehra replied,
“All the players perform above than 16.1 mark as that is the qualifying mark. Hardik Pandya has done 19, I marked 18.5 ahead of the T20I series against England in January. Manish Pandey does 19.”
On being asked whether he could beat India captain Virat Kohli, Nehra said,
“Since I haven’t checked captain’s result so I don’t have an idea about that.”
Before ending their discussion, they also spoke about Yuvraj Singh who has been continuously failing the test.
On Yuvraj, Nehra said,
“Yuvraj is spending his time at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore to get fit and pass the Yo-Yo test. He has that ability to make his place in ODIs and T20Is.”