'I used to weigh 117 kgs. Spoke to MS Dhoni…': CSK bowler says he never thought Chennai Super Kings will bid for him

IPL 2022: CSK's 21-year-old bowler recalled his struggle with fitness issues and how he put his career back on track with hard work and dedication

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The IPL 2022 hasn't exactly been a season to remember for Chennai Super Kings, but despite their disappointing outing this year, 

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CSK have managed to produce players that have made an impact. Devon Conway has sizzled with three half-centuries, while Shivam Dube has proven

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that he has all the potentials to become one of the cleanest strikers of the ball. Despite an injury to Deepak Chahar, which ruled him out of IPL 2022,

CSK’s bowling has been shepherded well by Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary and N Jagadeesan, all three of whom have responded well.

Among these guys, a youngster that has made heads turn is Maheesh Theekshana of Sri Lanka.

The mystery spinner has picked up 12 wickets from eight matches, including a best of 4/33 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

Picked for ₹70 lakh during the IPL 2022 auction, Theekshana has proven to be a solid buy for CSK. But the road to representing CSK was not easy. 

The 21-year-old bowler narrated how he overcame fitness issues to make a name for himself and fulfil his cricketing dream

"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,"