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IPL 2016: Lasith Malinga joins Mumbai Indians

November 26, 2019 | nvxeoqvi | No Comments

first_imgSri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga joined the Mumbai Indians squad on Friday after missing the first two games of the Indian Premier League 2016. However, the pacer will not be available for selection as he is yet to fully recover from his knee issues. (Full IPL coverage) Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting had earlier said that they would not be able to avail Malinga’s services during the first half of the 51-day-long tournament. The defending champions did not name a replacement for Malinga, saying they would wait until the end of the first week.MI captain Rohit Sharma said Malinga’s unavailability in the first few weeks would be a great opportunity for young Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah to fill in the shoes of the talismanic pacer. “It is a fantastic opportunity (for Bumrah). Malinga is not available for next few weeks. We have to see his fitness, definitely not playing Wednesday’s game. We are keeping a track how he is progressing. Bumrah has evolved in the last couple of months. You must have seen him in Australia. He bowled well and then carried his performance in the Asia Cup and the World T20,” Rohit said.Malinga, who led Sri Lanka at the Asia Cup T20, just played one match in the tournament. The pacer, who suffered a bone bruise in November last year, decided to step down as Sri Lanka’s skipper ahead of the ICC World T20 2016. However, a recurrence of the injury ruled him out of the showdown event.Eventually, Sri Lanka had a poor tournament, managing to win only one out of four matches in India.advertisementlast_img read more