Lasith Malinga    AFP
Lasith Malinga AFP

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians (MI) appointed Sri Lanka‘s and one of its longest serving member player, Lasith Malinga as the bowling mentor of the team for 2018 IPL season. Malinga has been the core of MI’s winning combination in the last decade. The Sri Lankan has donned the prestigious MI jersey in 110 matches of the 157 games the franchise has played so far. A veteran of over 20 ODIs and 300 T20s, 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. MI owner Akash Ambani feels having Malinga as mentor will serve a great benefit to the young talents of 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.