No Yo-Yo test for CSK players
New Delhi: The Yo-Yo test might be considered a must under the leadership of India skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri, but MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings will not be performing the fitness test as they gear up for
the rigours of the 12th
edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Former India trainer Ramji Srinivasan, who is associated with the franchise till the first game of this season, has picked the 2 km or 2.4 km run and the Sprint Repeat test as the measuring scale to gauge the fitness of the players.
Ramji explained how he prefers smart training and designs tests keeping in
mind the specific requirements of individual players rather than carrying a common testing parametre like the Yo-Yo test.
"I have picked the 2 km or 2.4 km run to check the fitness standards of the players as also the Sprint Repeat test. Just because the national team does the Yo-Yo test doesn't mean I need to follow the process.
"I believe in the need to prepare challenges for players keeping their specific requirements in mind. For example, even when I was with the Indian team, the training regime I prepared for Dhoni wasn't the same as the one for Sachin Tendulkar.
"Similarly, if Virat Kohli is keen to do deadlifts and his body reacts positively to it, doesn't mean that MS must also do them. The Yo-Yo is more suited to aerobic sports like football and that is how it started.
"Also, fitness is a wide spectrum and it is important to keep a comprehensive approach to overall fitness and not just on endurance level. Overall tabulation is very important to look into the various
factors like strength, power, agility, endurance, flexibility etc," he said.
Asked to explain Dhoni's workout regime, Ramji said: "MS is in a different zone altogether. He likes to keep things very simple. He doesn't do clean-and-jerk and other forms of power lifting.
He likes to do his strength work and boxing work. Basically he is a smart trainer and works on a set of exercises that is simple and helps sharpen his skills."