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Sri Lankan bowler Maheesh Theekshana is now Army Sergeant

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. The promotion has been given considering his recent performance in the Asia Cup and success in the red and white ball games.

Theekshana was also given a cheque of Rs. 5 lakhs 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 sought the blessing of his guardian on Wednesday morning.

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 on Wednesday.

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 success in cricket and life".

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