Defending champions Mumbai Indians on Wednesday released Sri Lankan pacer and Indian Premier League’s highest wicket-taker Lasith Malinga ahead of the upcoming season.
Malinga, who has played a staggering 122 IPL matches, has 170 wickets to his credit, the highest in the cash-rich league, with the best bowling figures of 5/13.
"MI have released seven names which include Sri Lankan great Lasith Malinga, Kiwi quick Mitchell McClenaghan, Australians Nathan Coulter-Nile and James Pattinson, Guyanese Sherfane Rutherford, uncapped leg-spinner Prince Balwant Rai and fast bowler Digvijay Deshmukh from the team," the franchise said in a statement.
In the 2020 edition of the IPL, Mumbai Indians had roped in Australian speedster James Pattinson as a replacement for Malinga, who had expressed his unavailability owing to personal reasons.
MI also decided to retain the core of the team, including skipper Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, star pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult, and all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.
As per the statement, the five-time champions now have 18 players in their squad, with seven spots open which can be filled in the mini-auction.
The franchise said "it can pick as many as four overseas players for the next season."
Sherlock Holmans Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:08 AM
Malinga should call it a day now without getting smashed by a youngster. He has already done what he can do.
Jude Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:17 AM
'Ragged to Riches" Malinga, You're the "GOAT" (greatest of all time) White ball including "death-bowling" yeah!!
Jude Thursday, 21 January 2021 12:18 AM
Hey Malinga, thanks for the memories!! Yeah!
Moorthy Badulla Thursday, 21 January 2021 05:55 AM
MI needs These players especially Malinga no more as he had taught all the bowling techniques including bowling Yorker after yoker to the Indians.Now, you can see some players are more or less a shadow of our GREAT.
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