Cricket Yo-Yo Test Results

The yo-yo test is becoming a popular assessment of cricket players, and even some teams are using the test as a selection standard. It is mandatory to pass the yo-yo test to play in the national team for India and also for many of the IPL teams. The yo-yo test is also part of the fitness testing protocols for many other national cricket teams, but not necessarily part of the selection process.

The yo-yo test was first introduced into the Indian Cricket Team by the strength and conditioning Coach Shankar Basu in 2017, and it is now a requirement of national players to reach a certain level before they can be selected.

The benchmark that Indian cricketers need to achieve is 16.1 (and there is talk of increasing it to 17 soon). Some online sources list higher standards for other cricket teams: 19 for England and New Zealand and 17.4 for West Indies, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

The results below are collated from various sources online, and the accuracy of the test results cannot be confirmed. It is usually not noted whether the yo-yo intermittent recovery test level 1 or 2 is used, so this list unfortunately may be a mixture of both. See also the Yo-Yo test top performances list (all sports)

Indian Cricket Team

The current benchmark that Indian cricketers need to achieve is 17.1. Virat Kohli is well-known for setting a high benchmark for fitness within the Indian cricket team, and has a top score of 19 in the Yo-Yo test. In July 2018, uncapped player Mayank Dagar (part of the IPL Kings XI Punjab side and nephew of former India cricketer Virender Sehwag) scored 19.3, beating the record of Manish Pandey who had a top score of 19.2 achieved in 2017.

Some top scores for Indian cricketers reported online

score player notes
19.4 Ahmed Banday J&K Ranji trophy opening batsman. Achieved in 2018 according to https://www.greaterkashmir.com/
19.3 Mayank Dagar  
19.2 Manish Pandey  
19 Hardik Pandya https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/ashish-nehra-discloses-yoyo-test-score-explains-why-easier-him
19 Virat Kohli  
18.5 Ashish Nehra  
17.2 Rishabh Pant Young Wicket-keeper batman
17 Siddharth Manimaran (Tamil Nadu) from "Cheepauk Super Gillies player gives his verdict on KKR spinner Siddharth Manimaran" August 22, 2020

 

Pakistan Cricket Team

Here are the highest reported scores for players from the Pakistan cricket team. The yo-yo test benchmark for Pakistani cricket players is 17.4.

score player notes
22.1 Shan Masood (1)
22.1 Muhammad Rizwan (1)
21.1 Asad Shafiq (1)
21 Muhammad Rizwan fitness tests conducted at the National Cricket Academy, April 2018 (4)
20.7 Muhammad Asghar (1)
20 Hasan Ali Test conducted during a training camp on September 2 ahead of the Asia Cup 2018 (2)
19 Fawad Alam fitness tests conducted at the National Cricket Academy, April 2018 (4)
18.2 Sarfraz Ahmed Pakistan skipper, personal best score. Test conducted during a training camp on September 2 ahead of the Asia Cup 2018 (2)
18 Babar Azam fitness tests conducted at the National Cricket Academy, April 2018 (4)
18 Fakhar Zaman fitness tests conducted at the National Cricket Academy, April 2018 (4)
17.8 Shoaib Malik (3)
17.2 Imad Wasim (3)

sources:

  1. published 24/8/2017 on https://propakistani.pk
  2. from the dailyhunt.in Sept 3, 2018
  3. from: https://timesofislamabad.com/03-Sep-2018/pakistan-cricket-team-fitness-test-interesting-results-with-topper-and-failures-of-yo-yo-test
  4. from: https://www.dawn.com/news/1400760

 

Sri Lankan Cricket Team

"The first thing they have to pass is their fitness levels required by the time standards given. Certain skinfolds and yo-yo (running) tests have to be done if they don't pass them we don't select. The players all selected have passed their levels of fitness that is required by Sri Lanka cricket standards," chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel (from http://www.dailynews.lk/2018/12/24/sports/172307/prasanna%E2%80%99s-county-experience-could-win-him-place-squad, Dec 24, 2018)

Angelo Mathews had some fitness issues, and was still able to run more than 18.1, which the chairman of selectors Ashantha de Mel suggested should be the expected standard (http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/12/02/sports/truth-behind-karunaratne%E2%80%99s-appointment-vice-captain).

England Cricket Team

The player in the English team with the best result in the yo-yo test is Alastair Cook.

rank score player
1 22.3 Alastair Cook
2 21.8 Jonny Bairstow
3 21.1 Joe Root

sources:

  1. Alastair Cook. results from team testing video. In another video, in July 2018, aged 33, Cook led the English team in their testing, achieving 22.2 (3080 meters).
  2. Jonny Bairtsow. results from team testing video.
  3. Joe Root. results from team testing video.

Female cricketer Beth Langston topped the testing results from the national team testing, with a score of 19.1 (2080 meters), from video published on YouTube 9 Jun 2018.

Australian Cricket Team

rank score player
1 20.6 Steve O'Keefe
2 20.1 Michael Clarke
3 19.2 Doug Bollinger

sources:

  1. Steve O'Keefe. from video of Australia Cricket fitness testing, Sept 2010.
  2. Michael Clarke. from video of Australia Cricket fitness testing, Sept 2010.
  3. Doug Bollinger. Australian fast bowler. achieved after a fitness program following being dropped from the test team. (from the Cooma Express online, Jan 2011)

 

West Indies Cricket Team

West Indies players hoping to gain selection for the regional team will have to meet a new fitness benchmark set by Cricket West Indies (CWI). (from Jan 9, 2019).  The minimum score a player required in the Yo-Yo test to be eligible for selection to the West Indies men's team is 40 (17-4). The score is lower for members of the women's team.

rank score player
1 20.6 Chemar Holder

sources:

  1. Chemar Holder. from article in barbadostoday, April 2, 2020. "Holder is the fittest cricketer in the West Indies after being graded at 65 on the yo-yo test". A score of 65 is equivalent to 20-6 on the YYIR1

 

 

Bangladesh Cricket Team

The Bangladesh Cricket Team were set a standard of 17-18 on the yo-yo test, though after a short time they reverted back to using the beep test as the fitness benchmark, as most cricketers were not accustomed to yo-yo test. In January Nick Lee, Bangladesh Cricket Board's head of physical performance, has brought back the yo-yo test as the standard metric to measure fitness levels in the country's elite cricketers, to come in line with most other national teams.

rank score player
1 22.1 Al-Amin Hossain
2 21.1 Nihaduzzaman 
3 19.1 Shahadat Hossain
4 17.1 Nasir Hossain

sources:

  1. Al-Amin Hossain. Bangladeshi fast bowler, from the article https://www.bdcrictime.com/cricketers-complete-yo-yo-test-trial-al-amin-shows-surprise/
  2. Nihaduzzaman, bowler in the Bangladesh Premier League. Score mentioned in the article https://www.bdcrictime.com/nasir-passes-yo-yo-test-with-eye-catching-score/
  3. Shahadat Hossain, fast bowler. March 17, 2021. https://www.bdcrictime.com/shahadat-passes-yo-yo-test-with-surprising-score/
  4. Nasir Hossain. Bangladeshi all-rounder. Score mentioned in the article https://www.bdcrictime.com/nasir-passes-yo-yo-test-with-eye-catching-score/

 

South Africa

South African Kagiso Rabada averages 19.2 in his latest yo-yo test, which puts him on par with AB de­Villiers and Dale Steyn on a good day (from an article on http://www.sport24.co.za, 13 Nov 2016).

 

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