Sri Lankan bowler Maheesh Theekshana has been promoted in the Army. The 22-year-old right-arm off-spinner has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. This promotion has been given to him considering his recent performance in the Asia Cup and success in the red and white ball games.
Theekshana was also financially benefited and a cheque of Rs. Five lacs was presented to him by Lt. Gen. Vikum Liyanage at his office on Tuesday.
Known for his mystery spin bowling, Maheesh Theekshana was the first 21st century-born player from Sri Lanka, who made his debut against the visiting South Africa team at the R. Premadasa Stadium last year. His international debut earned him the wicket with the very first ball.
Maheesh was brought up by his grand-mother Indra Padmini, who was visibly happy to learn the news of her grand-son’s promotion. Maheesh did seek the blessing of his guardian on Wednesday morning.
Maheesh is a Xerox of Ajantha Mendis, who now is in India playing matches. Maheesh was playing for Colts’ Cricket Club but his life changing decision to move to Army was taken in consultation with mentor Chinthika Perera, whom Maheesh called him on Wednesday morning and thanked him.
Speaking exclusively, Perera said, “Maheesh is a well disciplined honest and humble cricketer. He got the right direction now. He is completing his dream and I am sure he would gain many more successes in cricket and life”.