Former Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga retired from all cricket formats years ago. This player had also retired from franchise cricket in 2021. Malinga also played every IPL season for the Mumbai Indians from the start and won many seasons. But now this player is ready to return to the Mumbai Indians team again.
Malinga is ready to return
Lasith Malinga will return to five-time champions Mumbai Indians for the 2024 IPL. He will replace Shane Bond as the team’s fast bowling coach, according to a report published in PTI. The former New Zealand fast bowler has been the team’s head coach for the past nine seasons. However, an IPL source confirmed to PTI-Bhasha that Bond’s deal with Mumbai is still under review. This source said that the Mumbai Indians’ contract with Bond has still not expired. ESPNcricinfo previously reported that it was also unclear whether Bond would continue to serve as MI Emirates’ head coach in the ILT20 (International League T20, UAE). The team finished third in the league in its debut season.
Malinga had a great career
Malinga had a very successful career with the Mumbai Indians. Under him, the team won five titles. In addition to winning the Champions League T20 in 2011, this includes four IPL titles (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019). Malinga played 139 games for Mumbai, taking 195 wickets on a save rate of 7.12. Of these, 170 wickets came in the IPL. He is the sixth highest wicket taker in this league. Malinga had already taken on the role of mentor in the team in 2018. He returned to the game a year later and, along with Jasprit Bumrah, led the team’s bowling offense and played a key role in making the team champions. After retiring in 2021, he had assumed the role of fast bowling coach for the Rajasthan Royals in 2022.