Asia Cup
Aug 26, 2023

Indian cricket team assembles for camp ahead of Asia Cup, Shubman Gill excels in yo-yo test

Prior to their August 30 departure for Sri Lanka, the Asia Cup-bound Indian cricket team began a six-day camp on Thursday at the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Three Ovals campus in Alur. Along with the required yo-yo test, numerous fitness and medical examinations were conducted on the first day, and Shubman Gill shockingly outperformed Virat Kohli's score (17.2) with a rating of 18.7.The majority of India's cricketers who have qualified for the Asia Cup passed the yo-yo exam with flying colors, but five of them chose not to. The five cricketers, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Tilak Varma, Sanju Samson (reserve member for Asia Cup), and KL Rahul, all underwent the tests, according to news agency PTI.Rahul hasn't yet fully recovered his fitness. Although he did go to gym sessions, the team management and physios decided against forcing him to take the yo-yo test before the Asia Cup in order to avoid endangering the keeper-batter.Bumrah, Tilak, Krishna, and Samson were exempt from the test because they had just finished playing in a triumphant Ireland series. On Friday, they immediately began the practice sessions.India gradually started preparing for the Asia Cup with a Star Sports film detailing the country's plans for the continental competition, which was followed by the World Cup a month later.The official broadcasters of the event released a video to X on Friday as India began their true preparation for the Asia Cup, with their campaign set to begin against Pakistan on September 2 in Pallekele. The film provided an inside look at the team's strategy for preparing for the back-to-back ODI championships.