Jasprit Burmah (Image courtesy: AFP)
Jasprit Burmah (Image courtesy: AFP)

Mumbai Indians (MI) had the services of Lasith Malinga since the inception of Indian Premier League (IPL). Malinga is IPL’s most successful bowler and has been the key to MI’s success over the years. MI made the smooth transition from Malinga to Jasprit Bumrah in the last two years. Bumrah, who has been a part of MI’s setup since 2013, is now the leader of the pack.

He has learned the tricks from Malinga, only to replace him as MI’s premier bowler and the Sri Lankan is very proud of the young Indian pacer. In a recent interview with Hindustan Times, Malinga lauded Bumrah for his rise in international cricket and ability to handle pressure.

“He has experience, he knows (how to handle) pressure, so many people at the Wankhede Stadium are cheering (for him). He has played with so many good players; he bowls in those challenging periods. He has learned a lot, and that is why he has achieved what he has,” said Malinga.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga "mentally done with cricket"

Tagged as one of the finest limited-overs bowlers, Bumrah eventually made his Test debut earlier this year. Making his debut in the Cape Town Test, Bumrah claimed 14 wickets from three Tests at 25.21, playing a vital role in India’s win at Johannesburg. Pacers are prone to injuries and playing all formats takes toll. Malinga hopes Bumrah to play for at least 10 years without injuries.

“Now he is in the Test team, I am really happy that he got a five-wicket haul in South Africa. This means he has now arrived in world cricket. I want him to play, maybe, another 10 years, without any injuries. I want him to play consistently for India,” Malinga added.

Malinga, who is struggling to make it to the Sri Lankan side, went unsold in IPL 2018 auctions. However, he will return to MI as their bowling mentor.