Maheesh Theekshana is the first player from Sri Lanka to be included in the Chennai Super Kings franchise since 2012. It seems that Theekshana proved a right choice by picking up 12 wickets in 8 matches in his maiden IPL match.
“I was 107 kg at that time. So, I had to work harder to get my weight down”
Four-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings picked up Sri Lankan right-arm spinner Maheesh Theekshana as their bowler for Rs 70 lakh during the IPL 2022 auction.
New Journey with Chennai Super Kings
While Chennai Super Kings aren’t having the best of IPL 2022, mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana has truly been on a roll. After warming the benches in the first few games, the Sri Lankan international got a chance in the playing XI and he made the most of the opportunity. Theekshana has helped CSK take crucial wickets in the middle overs and his ability to keep the scoring rate down makes him even more effective. So far, he has taken 12 wickets from eight outings.
The 21-year-old has narrated how being overweight stopped his dream of playing for his country and his struggle to overcome the crisis during his under 19 days.
“I was 107 kg at that time. So, I had to work harder to get my weight down. In 2020, I got everything down and got my fitness to the (required) level. I started more bowling, more hard work and in 2021, I got a chance to represent my country,” the CSK spinner said on CSK’s YouTube channel.
Intense Pushed Him to Grow
“In 2019, I had to be a waterboy for 10 games in three-day matches. So I knew that if I failed, I would have to carry the water bottles again. But I kept believing in myself and had that never-say-die attitude. That’s why I am here in 2022, ” he said.
He reduced rice intake, avoided snacks, and also jogged at the Premadasa stadium.
Theekshana said he was inspired by former Sri Lanka spin bowler Ajantha Mendis. “In 2020, I had a chat with Ajantha Mendis, and in 2022, I spoke to MS Dhoni. I was with CSK last year as a net bowler. Never thought they would bid for me or pick me this year,” he added.
“Actually, I liked CSK because I like MS Dhoni very much. It’s actually unbelievable, yesterday I played table tennis with him. It’s more like a goal to play with him and to play under him now. He has a lot of skills, be it cricket, football, or table tennis. I think he can do anything. It is a dream come true to play here,” the spinner said.
Revealing the transformation he went through to reach this level of competitive cricket, the youngster said that he had to work really hard to get his weight down from 107 kgs to now.
Maheesh Theekshana’s Career Info So Far
ODI debut 【vs South Africa at R.Premadasa Stadium, Sep 07, 2021】
Last ODI 【vs Zimbabwe at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Jan 21, 2022】
T20 debut【vs South Africa at R.Premadasa Stadium, Sep 10, 2021】
Last T20【vs Australia at R.Premadasa Stadium, Jun 07, 2022】
IPL debut【vs Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Apr 09, 2022】
Last IPL【vs Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium, May 12, 2022】
Maheesh Theekshana narrates how he changed his body to fulfil his cricketing dream
‘I used to weigh 117 kgs’ – CSK spinner Maheesh Theekshana recalls his early days struggle