Maheesh Theekshana Recalls MS Dhoni’s Warning

Maheesh Theekshana Recalls MS Dhoni’s Warning- Next Season, No Bowling For You

Chennai Super Kings off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana recalls MS Dhoni’s warning ahead of the IPL 2024. He said the skipper MS Dhoni wasn’t happy with his performance and warned him that he won’t be bowling in the next year. The 23-year-old spin bowler played a crucial role for his team in the previous season’s title win.

In IPL 2023, he took 11 wickets and contributed a decent show with the ball. At the same time, he received severe criticism because of his lack of fitness and poor performance on the field. He did a lot of misfields and dropped a few crucial catches as well.

Not only did he receive complaints from the fans but also from the CSK skipper MS Dhoni as well. However, those failure moments vanished when Chennai Super Kings defeated Gujarat Titans in the final to clinch their fifth title in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Maheesh has been a consistent performer for the Sri Lankan cricket team over the years. He made his debut on the national team in the year 2021, during the first T20I match of the series against South Africa. In his first match, he took 1 wicket by conceding 35 runs in 4 overs.

On 9th April 2022, he made his IPL debut against Sunrisers Hyderabad. His entry into the CSK squad didn’t attract much attention during the IPL mega auction in 2022.

Despite the changes in captaincy in the Chennai Super Kings that impacted the team’s performance in 2022, Theekshana remained focused on his bowling skills. In his debut season, he grabbed 12 wickets in 9 matches and maintained an impressive economy rate of 7.46. Also, he achieved his best bowling figures of 4-33 in an IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012.

Maheesh Theekshana Recalls MS Dhoni’s Warning

While speaking to Hindustan Times, Maheesh Theekshana recalls MS Dhoni’s warning which he received after the IPL 2023 finals:

“ It happened after the IPL 2023 finals. Matheesha Pathirana and I had to leave immediately after the finals. We had a great party after the finals. When we were about to leave, we met MS Dhoni to convey our goodbye to him. He hugged me and said gently ‘Next time no bowling for you.’ I will make you do only batting and fielding”.

Maheesh Theekshana chuckles by recalling the soft caution given by MS Dhoni.

The 23-year-old Sri Lankan bowler accepts the fact that he hasn’t been up to the mark in the field during the previous season. Furthermore, he added that MS Dhoni is one such great captain who allows players to improve their skills and says that playing with him is easy:

“I need to certainly accept this fact. My fielding skills in IPL were not too good. Maybe, I dropped 4 to 5 catches and I take the responsibility for that. Still, the franchise kept their confidence in me. They didn’t drop me from the playing XI. Rather, they kept on supporting me. Perhaps, it is comfortable to play under MS Dhoni. He can understand that any player can make mistakes. Also, he gives them a chance to rectify their mistakes and improve their skills. That’s the best part, which I feel makes him a great leader.”

In his above opinion shared, Maheesh Theekshana shows his thankfulness to the franchise and MS Dhoni for having confidence in him.

Maheesh Theekshana Shares Additional Facts About MS Dhoni

Furthermore, Maheesh shared additional facts that how MS Dhoni became the first captain to use him in the death overs:

“He has so much confidence in me. Even in the previous year, I bowled the death overs. It was mainly because he strongly believed in my abilities. Moreover, he will take responsibility for everything. Certainly, as a bowler, I too have the responsibility. But, he takes accountability for his decisions.

When I entered, he had complete confidence in me to accomplish the desired result. Overall, it is a confidence booster for me to play under such a calm and brilliant leader like him. Also, it’s a great chance for me. Every player who plays under him can understand how excellent he is with his tactics”. 

The Sri Lankan spinner tries to convey that even for the failure of other players, MS Dhoni has taken responsibility several times

Maheesh Theekshana Recalls MS Dhoni’s Warning: Conclusive Facts

Notably, Maheesh Theekshana was a part of the Sri Lankan squad which struggled a lot during the ICC World Cup 2023. But, he was able to take only 6 wickets, despite playing 8 matches in the ODI World Cup 2023.

Currently, he is representing the team Sharjah Warriors for the ongoing International League T20 (ILT20) 2024.

Moreover, Former Indian and current Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni knows how to bring out the best talents from the youngsters.

As Maheesh Theekshana recalls MS Dhoni’s warning which was given casually, it is to be seen how the young talented player will play a huge role for his team in IPL 2024.

Also, it remains to be seen how MS Dhoni will utilize the spin bowling talent of Maheesh Theekshana to a great extent in the upcoming 17th edition of IPL.

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