Tamil Nadu pacer, Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh, often known as Yo Mahesh, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Sunday, December 20. Mahesh made his List-A debut in 2005 and the first-class debut in 2006, both against Bengal. The right-arm medium pacer bagged 108 FC wickets and 91 List-A wickets for Tamil Nadu.
Owing to his impressive performances in domestic cricket, Mahesh was bought by the then Delhi Daredevils – now Delhi Capitals – for the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008. He took 16 scalps in his maiden IPL stint and looked for greater heights. However, injuries and inconsistent results meant that he spent most of the time on the bench as he made in the Delhi eleven only 5 times in the next couple of seasons picking just 2 wickets.
After missing on IPL 2011, Chennai Super Kings attained his services for IPL 2012- he snared 3 wickets in 5 matches for the yellow franchise and was dropped the following year, never to play again in the IPL.
He has been playing the Tamil Nadu Premier League for Idream Karaikudi Kaalai. Mahesh calls time on his career with 253 wickets across formats.
Yo Mahesh thanks BCCI and TNCA
The 33-year-old thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) and the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association(TNCA) for their support through thick and thin during his 14 years of cricket representing them at various levels.
“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,” Yo Mahesh said in a released statement.
The Chennai-born seamer also acknowledged his former IPL teams – Delhi and Chennai – for providing and trusting him with opportunities in the grandest T20 league in the world. Mahesh mentions that he has been injury-free for the past few years from the care taken by India Cements and the TNCA.
“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,” Yo Mahesh added.