Mumbai Indians have appointed Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga as the Bowling Mentor for the upcoming IPL season, the franchise announced on Wednesday (February 7).
Considered as one of the best T20 bowlers to have ever played the format, the seamer failed to attract any bids in the 2018 IPL auction. He holds the record for the most wickets in IPL history – 154, and has been a massive part in Mumbai Indians winning three titles.
Having played over 300 T20s, which includes 110 matches for the franchise, Malinga will join the support staff headed by Coach Mahela Jayawardane, Bowling Coach Shane Bond, Batting Coach Robin Singh and newly appointed Fielding Coach James Pemment.
“It’s a great opportunity to be present with, and an honour to continue my association with Mumbai Indians. 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 Malinga on his new appointment.
Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani feels having Malinga as mentor will serve a great benefit to the young talents the franchise has in the team.
“Mumbai Indians has proven record of scouting and bringing forth the young talents at National stage. It will be a boon for these youngsters as well the established ones to have the combine force of Shane Bond and Lasith Malinga to back them,” said Akash Ambani.
“Malinga has been a pillar of strength for Mumbai Indians since the inception of the team, and his passion for the team will help us achieve new heights,” added Ambani.