Hardik Pandya has cleared the fitness test ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is now all set to lead Gujarat Titans (GT), one of the two newly-added teams in the cash-rich tournament.

On the other hand, Delhi Capitals (DC) star batter Prithvi Shaw has failed the Yo-Yo Test. The 22-year-old opener was also present at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to provide an update on his fitness status, but the result turned out to be unsatisfactory.

According to several reports, Shaw scored less than 15 in the Yo-Yo test, while the standard score to clear it is 16.5 for men.

“These are just fitness updates. Obviously, it doesn’t stop Prithvi from playing for Delhi Capitals in IPL. It’s just a fitness parameter and not the be all and end all,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying to PTI.

“Look, he has played three Ranji matches back-to-back. Once you play three first-class games on the bounce, the fatigue can also affect your Yo-Yo score,” he added.

Hardik passed the Yo-Yo test with 17+ score

It has also been reported that the medical team at the NCA didn’t ask Hardik to bowl during the fitness test. But the Baroda-lad insisted on it to show that he is on track to make a comeback into the national team.

“He didn’t need to bowl at NCA but he has bowled for considerable time and in the range of 135 kmph. On the second day, he crossed the Yo-Yo test with flying colours with a 17-plus score which is much above the cut-off level,” the source added further.

Hardik last played for India during the 2021 T20 World Cup in UAE and has been working on his fitness since then. Now, the question arises: Will he stay fit even after the entire IPL? As it has not been the case since the last two seasons.

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