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Indian chief selector MSK Prasad too stated that the doors haven’t been closed on Yuvraj Singh (above), but he has just been rested Getty Images (File Photo)

One of the most noteable omissions in the Indian squad for the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series against hosts Sri Lanka was that of Yuvraj Singh, and Gautam Gambhir has reacted on the matter. The Indian team is one of the fittest teams in international cricket right now, and their fitness training and tests too have been modified to raise the bar. The ‘Yo-Yo’ endurance Test is one of the fitness test an Indian player undergoes. Yuvraj had failed to clear the test, resulting in his absence from the squad for limited-overs leg of the Sri Lanka tour. Indian chief selector MSK Prasad too stated that the doors haven’t been closed on Yuvraj, but he has just been rested. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017 – 1st ODI at Dambulla

On those lines, Gambhir told ESPNCricinfo, “I don’t think ‘rest’ is the right word because he [Yuvraj] hasn’t played any cricket for quite a while and he would be wanting to play. If you want to see him at the World Cup, he should be given the maximum opportunity. Because, someone like Yuvraj, you want him in that flow, you want him in that rhythm. You can’t have someone like him playing in one series and resting thereafter. So, I feel that it’s difficult now for Yuvraj to make a comeback. Hopefully, he does because he is one of the greats of the game.” BCCI reveals why Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina were not selected for India vs Sri Lanka ODIs

A BCCI official said explained about the fitness level of Indian cricketers. “The current team think tank, coach Ravi Shastri, skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad have made it clear that fitness standards are non-negotiable. On an average, the Australian cricketers score 21 in Yo-Yo test. Here Virat, Ravindra Jadeja, Manish Pandey regularly hit that score while others are either touching 19.5 or is hitting above that score,” he said.