Finally a piece of good news for the Mumbai Indians’ fans as their most experienced pacer, Lasith Malinga has been granted permission by the Sri Lankan cricket board to play in the IPL.
A few days back, the Sri Lankan selectors made it compulsory for their players to play in the 50-overs Super Provincial One-Day Domestic Tournament to be considered for the World Cup squad. Lasith Malinga, meanwhile, left for the nation’s service and said that money is not bigger than playing for the country.
However, Malinga has been granted permission to play in the IPL as the board believes he will be facing tougher players in the IPL and thus, will benefit him a lot. He will be back with MI, but his exact date of return is not known yet.
Malinga went unsold in the 2018 edition and played the role of a bowling mentor for Mumbai’s squad. This year, he was bought for 20 million in the auction by the same team. With 154 wickets in 110 matches in the IPL, will Malinga strengthen the MI’s bowling lineup?
Mumbai has lost their first game against the Capitals, thanks to some out-of-the-park hitting from Rishabh Pant. The bowling lineup looked off-colour with no player finishing with an economy rate of less than 10. The only shining light I would say was Mitchell McClenaghan, who picked up three wickets. Altogether, the bowling unit can do much better than they did against the Capitals.
With Malinga’s return, the bowling strength takes a peak as he not only adds up his experience, but also his excellent death bowling yorkers. He and Bumrah can restrict the opposition in their quota of four overs.
With Malinga’s return to the squad and Yuvraj Singh finding his form, MI looks fine going ahead and facing the Royal Challengers Bangalore tomorrow.