Former CSK seamer Yo Mahesh retires from all forms of cricket
Former Tamil Nadu and Chennai Super Kings fast bowler Yo Mahesh announced his retirement from all forms of the game. The 33-year-old athlete has been one of the important parts of Tamil Nadu cricket history as he was with the team for over 15 years.
Having played 50 first-class games for his state, the veteran picked 107 wickets, registering his personal best bowling figures of 6/47. The seamer last played competitive cricket last year in August when he turned up for the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).
However, he didn’t take part in the domestic cricket last season. His last appearance for his state came against Assam in Chennai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy in September 2018. He also showcased his mettle with the bat besides his good bowling stats.
He scored 2 centuries and 5 fifties to his name where he aggregated as many as 1119 runs in 50 matches. The veteran cricketer had missed half a decade of playing action from 2012 to 2017.
However, he made a terrific comeback in the year 2017 to help his team beat Mumbai by two wickets. He brought up his personal best score of 103* Apart from playing 50 first-class games, he played 61 List A and 46 T20 games in career since 2006 taking 91 and 52 wickets respectively.
Yo Mahesh was the best bowler for DD in IPL 2008
He had represented Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), India A and India Under-19s. Mahesh was one of the talented bowlers in the inaugural edition of the cash-rich IPL. He did live up to the expectations and became the highest wicket-taker for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2008. He took as many as 16 wickets to his name.
After a good season with DD, he made a move to Chennai Super Kings where he bagged 3 wickets in 5 games before multiple injury issues ruled him out of the tournament. After making a decision to quit the sport, he expressed his sincere gratitude to the Board of Control for Cricket in India as he got an opportunity to play for India at the U-19 level and India A level.
“At the outset, thanks to BCCI for the opportunity to represent India at the Under-19 level and the India A level. It’s been an honour and with utmost pride, I call it the highest point in my career,” Mahesh added in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
“To my two IPL franchises, DD and CSK, for having faith in me to represent them and for giving me an opportunity to share the dressing room with the legends of the game.
The last five years have been injury-ridden but I am grateful to India Cements for being solid and having my back. I would like to thank my state cricket Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for nurturing me from the age of 14 and finishing with 12 years of first-class cricket,” he said.