TATA IPL 2022 hasn’t gone to plan for the defending champions Chennai Super Kings. The MS Dhoni led side are 9th in the table after a season of upheaval as the captaincy musical chairs saw MS Dhoni get the captaincy once again from Ravindra Jadeja. Amongst the CSK players apart from MSD, there are very few players who have managed to impressed. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway have impressed one and all with their batting and helped CSK win the games and make a comeback of sorts into the tournament.
Young player speaks about playing for CSK –
Chennai Super Kings have always been known to be loyal to their players and also known as a nursery to develop players. Every player is known to desire to play under MS Dhoni as the former India skipper is a wealth of talent. This year a young Sri Lankan spinner has captured the imagination of the people by becoming Dhoni’s trusted choice. 21 year old Theekshana was picked for INR 70 Lakhs in the TATA IPL auction earlier this year. The spinner has played 8 games so far and picked 12 wickets with an economy of 7.4 runs per over. Theekshana said “"I was 117 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, 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”
Theekshana speaks about his under-19 days and his love for CSK –
Maheesh Theekshana is not a huge turner of the ball so far but has the accuracy to put the batters under pressure. He has worked well with Moeen Ali to bring CSK back into contention for the play-off places. Theekshana has played 4 ODI games for his country and picked 6 wickets, while in 15 T20 games he has picked 14 wickets with an economy of 6.4 runs per over. Speaking about his early days the 21 year old said “In 2017-18, I was in the U-19 squad, but I did not get 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 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.”
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