Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan took a friendly jibe at former teammate Mohammad Kaif for his statement on the fitness of the Indian cricket players in their era. Mohammed Kaif had claimed that only three cricketers would have been able to pass the yo-yo test from his era. He had named himself, Yuvraj Singh and Lakshmipathy Balaji as the fittest players of the Indian team at that time. Kaif was considered as one of the best fielders of the Indian team during his cricket career.
Kaif had quoted, “Fitness is very important for cricketers. If we did the Yo-Yo test during our time, Balaji and I could have fulfilled that criteria, even Yuvraj Singh was good. But, I do not think that others would have passed the Yo-Yo test,”
Yo-Yo test is a fitness-based exam and acts as a parameter for the selection of players in the Indian cricket team. Unlike before, the cricketers are now expected to maintain proper physical fitness. The yo-yo test was introduced in 2016 due to the constant efforts of Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni in making India excel in all the three formats be it bowling, batting or fielding.
I used to run alongside you: Irfan Pathan
Recently, Irfan was engaged in an interesting live session with Mohammad Kaif and Yousuf Pathan. During the session, Irfan expressed his disappointment with Kaif’s comment regarding the fitness of Indian players in the 2000s.
According to Cricket Times, Irfan asked Kaif, “I heard your statement that in our time if the yo-yo test was there, only Balaji, you and Yuvraj would’ve passed. Fir hum kya kar rahe the… chane bech rahe the hum? (laughs) (What we were doing? Were we selling nuts?)…”
Irfan further justified his fitness stating that he used to run alongside Kaif most of the time. Irfan quoted, “I used to run alongside you competitively, you used to make 16, and I did 15.5 on average,”