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I did not take the fitness test, so how did I fail, asks Mishra

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October 08, 2017 18:55 IST
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Amit Mishra

IMAGE: Amit Sharma says he was completely puzzled when he learned that he had failed the YoYo test, the basic fitness parameter for Team India players. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Amit Mishra, currently at the business end of intense rehabilitation, is puzzled by rumours that he failed the YoYo test alongside Suresh Raina and M S Washington Sunder.

The 34-year-old Mishra is currently recuperating from a knee injury and undergoing rehab at the National Cricket Academy.

Reports recently emerged that Mishra flunked the now-famous YoYo test, which is the basic fitness parameter set by the Indian team management.

"I want to set the record straight. I never appeared for the YoYo test. I was completely puzzled when I saw that I have failed the test. If I didn't take the test in first place, how did I fail?" said Mishra.

Asked how did the news crop up, Mishra replied: "I was at the NCA doing my own running when a few other players were appearing for the YoYo test. I was there at the spot, doing my own routines. May be whoever provided the information thought I was also part of that group."

He informed that he has spoken to NCA trainer Ashish Kaushik, who clarified the matter with the national selectors.

"Kaushik told me that he has informed the national selectors that I am yet to take the YoYo test. I am waiting for the reports from physio and trainers at the NCA. As and when I get the green light I will play Ranji Trophy for Haryana," Mishra, who has 76 wickets in 22 Tests, said.

Kuldeep Yadav is making waves in international cricket, but Mishra is not unduly perturbed.

"I was not dropped from the Indian team due to poor form, but for my injury. The selectors have always maintained that those who are injured will get their rightful place back once they are fit.

"I am very happy for Kuldeep, as he has been doing well for India. He is a talented bowler. But I am not worried about my place in the team. I believe whoever is doing well will be in the team. It's good that we have competition for slots in the team," he said.

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