Mysterious Chennai Super Kings (CSK) spinner Maheesh Theekshana has opened up about his battle with fitness issues during his U-19 days, which has kept him constantly out of the game . The 21-year-old revealed that he weighed 117 kg at the time and had to work out extremely hard to get in shape according to the sport’s fitness parameters.
The Sri Lankan has been among Chennai’s most impressive performers during a disappointing IPL season. In 8 games, he has won 12 goals with an average rate of 19.75 and a fantastic economy rate of 7.41.
In a video shared on the official CSK handle on YouTube, the youngster recalled his battle with fitness issues and how he overcame them. He announced:
“I weighed 117 kg (U-19 days) then, so I had to work harder to lose weight and skin folds in the yo-yo test. In 2020, I took everything down and brought my fitness up to (required). I started doing more strenuous exercises on my body.”
Theekshana added that while he was not selected for U-19 matches due to poor fitness, he was also a water boy for a long time in three-day matches. He say:
“In 2017-18, I was in the U-19 team, but I didn’t get the chance to play because I failed a few times in the fitness test. In 2019, I had to do 10 times as a water boy in 3-day matches. So I knew that if I failed, I would have to bring the water bottles again. But I kept believing in myself and had that never-dead attitude. That’s why I’m here in 2022.”
The Lankan spinner’s standout performance at IPL 2022 so far was in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. He won 4 to 33 as CSK beat RCB 23 times.
“Never thought I would attend the 2021 World Cup” – Maheesh Theekshana
From being dropped from the U-19 team due to fitness issues to featuring in Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup campaign last year, Theekshana’s rise to prominence has been astounding. He made his international debut in a limited-edition series against South Africa at home in September 2021.
Acknowledging the surreal feeling, the 21-year-old said:
“In 2021, I represent my country. I had my chance in the last one-day game against South Africa. It’s remarkable. I never thought I would be at the (T20) World Cup in 2021.”
Even as Sri Lanka stammered during the ICC event, Theekshana had a memorable campaign in the UAE. He’s racked up eight goals in seven games with an average of 17.12 and a commendable economy of 5.48.
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