When a 36-year-old MS Dhoni defeated 12-year younger Hardik Pandya in a 100-meter race

When a 36-year-old MS Dhoni defeated 12-year younger Hardik Pandya in a 100-meter race

The impromptu race took place before the start of the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali.

Soon after Ravi Shastri took over as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, one of the first things his coaching staff did was to introduce the yo-yo test. Clearing the yo-yo test and achieving desired fitness levels became mandatory for the players. Those failing the test were either dropped or not considered for selection.

Even the senior players like Ambati Rayudu and Mohammed Shami were dropped after they flunked the test. Both the players returned to the national squad only after they cleared the fitness test.

Even the veteran players like MS Dhoni and Ashish Nehra had to clear the test to retain their place in the squad. A few months after the yo-yo test became compulsory for selection, Dhoni showed his fitness levels to millions by defeating a 12-year younger Hardik Pandya in a 100-meter race.

The impromptu race took place before the start of the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka in Mohali. The contest is best-remembered for Rohit Sharma's third double-century in 50-over cricket.

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Before Rohit, it was Dhoni who became the talk of the town with his fitness standards. Hardik, who was 24 in 2017, did take a lead but it lasted only a few seconds as Dhoni made a remarkable comeback to defeat the youngster.

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