Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh, on the eve of his 33rd birthday, announced his retirement. Mahesh has represented two franchises in the Indian Premier League. He was first signed by Delhi Daredevils and then represented Chennai Super Kings.
Mahesh has played a total of 18 games in IPL while representing Delhi Daredevils and Chennai super kings. The 32-year-old’s career kicked off as he made it into the India Under-19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka in 2006. He then went on and played 50 first-class matches, 61 List A and 46 T20 games during his career since 2006.
“At the outset, thanks to BCCI for the opportunity to represent India at the Under-19 level and India A level. It’s been an honour and with utmost pride, I call it the highest point in my career,” Yo Mahesh said in his statement, on Twitter.
“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,” the statement read.
Could Have Played More But No Regrets: Yo Mahesh
Mahesh, who took 253 wickets across formats and have over 1000 runs in first-class cricket, has recalled the biggest moments in his long cricketing career, that was shadowed by injuries, and is wishing for a future in the game despite retirement.
“I felt it was the right time to leave the game. I am content with what I have achieved. If not for the injuries, I could have played more but there are no regrets. Being picked for the U-19 and India A sides were the high points of my career. To be able to play my part for Tamil Nadu has been very fulfilling,” Yo Mahesh told TOI.
“I have immense gratitude for the BCCI, TNCA and India Cements as they have taken care of me over the years. I am also thankful to my family and friends for their support,” he said.
“I would love to be part of any opportunity that comes up. I am also passionate about both as a skill coach and strength and conditioning coach. So, I am keeping both options open and excited to see where the future takes me,” he added.