Lasith Malinga is set begin his second innings in IPL, transforming himself from the prime bowler to the bowling coach. In the tournament he played for Mumbai Indians as the prime bowler, now he is roped in as the mentor of the team in the same department. In the latest IPL auction, Malinga remained as an unsold player as none of the teams put a bid on him. The Sri Lankan paceman had a drop in his form recently and was rested from the Sri Lankan team as well. The selectors indicated him the way to domestic tournaments with new replacements in the team.
However, the senior bowler found a respectable position in IPL. Mumbai Indians hiring Malinga as the bowling coach hopes him to become “a boon for youngsters”. His record in IPL has been impressive playing with Mumbai Indians since the second season of the tournament. He had a record number of 154 wickets playing 110 matches in IPL. This makes him the highest wicket-taker in the tournament’s history.
The senior Sri Lanka bowler termed his new role “as a great opportunity”. He said the team Mumbai team has been his “home away from home” for the last 10 years. He has been the crucial players in several winning campaigns of the team. Malinga being satisfied with the new contract said he enjoyed played alongside Mumbai Indians and is looking forward to “the new chapter” as the mentor.
Lasith Malinga earned good reputation as a senior bowler in the fraternity. Young bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah speaks highly about his natural tendency to teach youngsters. He is 34 years old now and his appearance in the national team became rare in recent matches. Presently, Mumbai Indians has Mahela Jayawardene as the head coach, Shane Bond as the bowling coach and Robin Singh as the batting coach. James Pemment is the fielding coach of the team. Malinga is being added as the supporting bowling coach of the team.
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