Sri Lanka’s bowling maestro Lasith Malinga has been an integral part of the Indian Premier League as he has represented the franchise Mumbai Indians since the second edition of the league. Even though the franchise didn’t retain him as one of the 3 players, the speculations were that he might be brought back, if not by RTM, then by purchasing him from the pool.
But when his name appeared for auction, the Mumbai Indians table was quiet and so were others. Surprisingly, the pacer went unsold. It was a shocking moment as he has been one of the best bowlers in the history of the league.
But the good news for MI fans is that he will still be associated with the franchise as he has been roped in as the bowling mentor. Malinga was elated after appointment for the new role and said that he is looking forward to it.
“It’s a great opportunity to continue my association with Mumbai Indians,” Malinga said about the appointment. “Mumbai has been my home away from home for the last decade. As a player, I have enjoyed the journey with Mumbai Indians and now as mentor, I look forward to the new chapter”, said Lasith Malinga as quoted by Cricbuzz.
It will be a rare sight not to see Malinga in the MI jersey this time around. He has been the face of the franchise’s bowling attack for a number of years. The team management has invested heavily in him and he has repaid the faith by delivering the goods more often than not.
Malinga is the all-time leading wicket-taker in IPL having scalped 154 wickets in 110 matches. The next best on the list – Amit Mishra has 20 wickets less than him. The Sri Lankan has arguably been one of the stalwarts of the league but in the past couple of years, the age has certainly taken its toll on him as his prowess has deteriorated a bit. One thing that would be missing from the league from now onwards is the slinging, ruthless yorker of the 34-year-old.