Kohli, Dhoni take fitness test at NCA

Other members of India’s squad for its limited-overs tour of England and Ireland also appeared for the test in Bengaluru.

File Photo: Virat Kohli (left) could be seen sweating it out at the training arena for long along with M. S. Dhoni and Raina.   -  Vivek Bendre

Members of the Indian squad for the limited-overs tour of England and Ireland appeared for a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy here on Friday.

While Virat Kohli, M. S. Dhoni and Suresh Raina appeared for the fitness regime, other cricketers — Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kedar Jadhav, Washington Sundar, Manish Pandey, Yuzvendra Chahal and Siddharth Kaul — were seen arriving for the test.

Kohli trains

With the team set to depart for Ireland next week, the Indian team management assessed the fitness of Kohli, who suffered a neck injury during an Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture and missed out on his planned county stint to Surrey. Kohli could be seen sweating it out at the training arena for long along with Dhoni and Raina. Under the watchful eyes of the team’s fitness trainer, Shankar Basu, and other NCA staff, Virat underwent all the required fitness test levels.

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For the last couple of years, the BCCI has made Yo-Yo tests compulsory for the international players and now it is learnt that the team management wants to raise the bar from 16.1 to 16.3.

Incidentally, pacer Mohammed Shami failed the Yo-Yo Test just before the ongoing Afghanistan Test and was replaced by Navdeep Saini. Youngster Sanju Samson, too, could not clear the test and was left out of India A’s squad for its tour of England.