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'Rest' not right word for Yuvraj Singh's omission from India's ODI squad: Gautam Gambhir

'Rest' not right word for Yuvraj Singh's omission from India's ODI squad: Gautam Gambhir

Yuvraj Singh's omission from India's limited overs series squad against Sri Lanka did virtually closed gates of his comeback for many fans and pundits, with Gautam Gambhir also being one of them.

Manish Pandey pipped Virat Kohli to top Yo-Yo fitness Test: Report

Manish Pandey pipped Virat Kohli to top Yo-Yo fitness Test: Report

The Indian team regularly undergoes a series of fitness tests and the BCCI isn't the only body to rely on the 'Yo-Yo' endurance test, as several others including the Australian and England cricket teams, analyse team's fitness using this test.

With start of ODI series against Sri Lanka, Team India take a step towards their World Cup 2019 plan

After a record-scripting 3-0 whitewash over Sri Lanka in the Test series, Virat Kohli-led Team India are all geared up to extend their domination over the hosts in the shorter format of the game when they lock horns for the first ODI match, at Dambulla, today. But for Team India the series comes about way different than that of their opponents. The series is more of a kick-start to their plan for World Cup 2019.

What is Yo-Yo fitness Test that Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina failed ahead of ODI squad selection?

What is Yo-Yo fitness Test that Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina failed ahead of ODI squad selection?

Speaking about the expected fitness standards, a BCCI official revealed the instructions given by Virat Kohli and MSK Prasad when it comes to squad selection.

Failed Yo-Yo test behind Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina's absence from ODI squad

Failed Yo-Yo test behind Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina's absence from ODI squad

Like other professional sports teams, Indian team also regularly undergoes a series of fitness tests with 'Yo-Yo' endurance test being the most important of them. 'Yo Yo' is an advanced version of the 'beep' test that was used by teams of earlier generations.

Suresh Raina salutes Kashmiri Pandit who chanted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' at Srinagar's Lal Chowk

Suresh Raina salutes Kashmiri Pandit who chanted 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' at Srinagar's Lal Chowk

Despite the protest call, all official functions including parades, flag hoisting and cultural programmes were held peacefully across the Valley.

Suresh Raina posts cryptic message after being snubbed for India's ODI, T20I squad against Sri Lanka

Suresh Raina posts cryptic message after being snubbed for India's ODI, T20I squad against Sri Lanka

Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja along with pace spearhead Mohammed Shami were rested from the five one-day internationals and a single Twenty20 starting next week.

Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina under scanner ahead of Sri Lanka ODIs

Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina under scanner ahead of Sri Lanka ODIs

After an impressive run for India A in the tri-nation series in South Africa, Manish Pandey is expected to make a  comeback.

Jonty Rhodes picks Suresh Raina ahead of Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif as India's best fielder

Jonty Rhodes picks Suresh Raina ahead of Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif as India's best fielder

Regarded as the greatest ever fielder in the game, Rhodes' verdict should settle the debate, if there was any, on who's India's greatest fielder.

Suresh Raina congratulates Ravi Shastri, Zaheer Khan, Rahul Dravid on new assignments with Team India

Suresh Raina congratulates Ravi Shastri, Zaheer Khan, Rahul Dravid on new assignments with Team India

Raina is working on his fitness, and must be quietly hoping to make a comeback into the national team.

If the Indian women's team wins the ICC World Cup a new phase will begin, says Suresh Raina

If the Indian women's team wins the ICC World Cup a new phase will begin, says Suresh Raina

Suresh, who was then in Netherlands holidaying, showered immense praise on the young left-handed women's cricketer Deepti Sharma for her patient knock of 78 runs against Sri Lanka and the manner in which she pushed for the runs despite sluggish wicket.

Suresh Raina catches up with old coach Gary Kirsten in Holland, posts pictures on social media

Suresh Raina catches up with old coach Gary Kirsten in Holland, posts pictures on social media

Suresh Raina visited Gary Kirtsen at his academy in Netherlands and tweeted pictures with him.

Suresh Raina, wife Priyanka meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Netherlands – See pics!

Suresh Raina, wife Priyanka meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Netherlands – See pics!

PM Modi had arrived in Amsterdam on Tuesday, marking the last leg of his three-nation tour that was scheduled. 

SEE PIC: Suresh Raina spends quality time with family in Paris

SEE PIC: Suresh Raina spends quality time with family in Paris

The Gujarat Lions skipper has been training hard in Amsterdam to make a comeback in the national team. 

WATCH: Suresh Raina posts inspirational fitness videos saying 'can't stop, won't stop'

WATCH: Suresh Raina posts inspirational fitness videos saying 'can't stop, won't stop'

Though Raina was included in the 5-man stand-by list, he clearly wasn't please with the BCCI selectors' decision to snub him for the main squad. 

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli among ESPN's top 100 most famous athletes

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli among ESPN's top 100 most famous athletes

Four Indian cricketers - Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh - have been included in ESPN's list of the top 100 most famous athletes on the planet. 

WATCH: Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan remind Suresh Raina that he is at The Kapil Sharma Show not Comedy Nights

WATCH: Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan remind Suresh Raina that he is at The Kapil Sharma Show not Comedy Nights

The trio were shooting on the sets of TKSS for a brief comedy tadka before Shikhar and Hardik fly to England for Champions Trophy participation.

Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya arrive at The Kapil Sharma Show post IPL 2017

Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya arrive at The Kapil Sharma Show post IPL 2017

While Pandya went on to lift the IPL 10 trophy with MI, Dhawan's SRH were eliminated from the tournament in the Eliminator contest against KKR. Raina's GL, meanwhile, finished at a paltry 7th this campaign.

IPL 2017: David Warner to lead Ricky Ponting's Team of the Season; Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa also in

IPL 2017: David Warner to lead Ricky Ponting's Team of the Season; Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa also in

In total, six Indian players were selected in the XI along with 1 Australian, 1 England, 2 South African and 1 Afghanistan players.

Champions Trophy: 'BCCI not Gambhir about selection,' Twitterati express anger on Dinesh Karthik's inclusion

Champions Trophy: 'BCCI not Gambhir about selection,' Twitterati express anger on Dinesh Karthik's inclusion

While there might be other names being considered favourites on IPL form, Karthik's selection seems to be a result of his strong domestic performance.