IPL 2022: WATCH- Maheesh Theekshana speaks on his fitness struggles; inspiration from MS Dhoni and Ajantha Mendis

Maheesh Theekshana has taken 12 wickets in 8 matches for CSK.

Maheesh Theekshana and MS Dhoni | Twitter

The rise of Sri Lankan spinner Maheesh Theekshana is one of the few bright spots for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2022 season. This being his first season, the 22-year-old has already taken 12 wickets in eight matches.

He is just behind Dwayne Bravo (16) and Mukesh Choudhary (13) for CSK on the wickets chart.

Recently, in a video shared by CSK, Theekshana spoke about how he never had it easy and speaks about his struggles to get fit.

"I was 107 kg at that time (U-19 days), so I had to work harder to get my weight and skin folds down in the yo-yo test. In 2020, I got everything down and brought my fitness to the (required) level. I started to do more hard work on my body," Theekshana said in the video.


"In 2021, I represented my country. Then I had a chance in the last ODI game against SA. I am inspired by Ajantha Mendis. He was my coach for the last two-three years. In 2020, I had a chat with Ajantha Mendis. In 2022, I had a chat with MS Dhoni. I was with CSK last year too as a net bowler. Never thought they would bid for me or pick me this year."

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Theekshana further said how he had to endure long stretches of time on the bench.  "In 2017-18, I was in the U-19 squad, but I never had a chance to play because I failed fitness tests a few times. In 2019, I had to be a water boy for 10 games in three-day matches. So, I knew that if I fail, I would have to carry the water bottles again. But then I kept believing in myself and had that never-say-die attitude. That's why I am here in 2022," he said.

Here is the video:



By Khushi Raghuwanshi - 11 May, 2022

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