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One of the major reasons why Mumbai Indians have started their IPL campaign on a poor note is due to Lasith Malinga's steep decline in form, India’s Zee news agency said.

In 2014, Mumbai lost five matches on the trot and this year is no different for them as they have lost three consecutive matches against Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals respectively.

Malinga, who is the highest wicket taker in the IPL, has picked just three wickets so far. In the previous match against Rajasthan Royals, he was expected to show his mettle in the death overs but was thrashed by Steven Smith all over the park. The slinger ended up conceding 41 runs from 4 overs.

Malinga underwent surgery on a troubled left ankle last year in September, and missed Sri Lanka's one-dayers in India and England after that. He wasn't at his best in the ICC World Cup as well.

Mumbai's resurgence last season was a result of back-to-back formidable knocks played by Lendl Simmons, who helped the Rohit Sharma-led team reach the playoffs.

But in order to come back on track this season, they need Malinga to be at his best in the remaining matches.

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  • gayan Friday, 17 April 2015 07:25 PM

    Indians will kick him out shortly. This is the humiliation he will suffer for prioritising ipl over country

    SodaBotale Friday, 17 April 2015 08:20 PM

    Is the a breaking new snippet. Some thing is wrong with Sri Lanka.

    Chamila Salgado Friday, 17 April 2015 09:25 PM

    Yes, He must think Country first....not Money

    Cyril n Saturday, 18 April 2015 12:02 AM

    Malinga is on the decline and probably his career would end soon. He gave priority for I PL than Sri Lanka Test/limited over games.

    Dayawathie Saturday, 18 April 2015 03:59 AM

    Ha ha. All those jealous people with Malinga will come out of the wood work to criticise him playing poorly. What have you done in your life guys ?.

    jan Saturday, 18 April 2015 04:15 AM

    so what via DM Android App

    DailyMirrow Saturday, 18 April 2015 05:44 AM

    Should follow Dohni be simple dont loose your head Malinger once blasted a poor journalist .The whole Sri Lankas felt sad. via DM Android App

    Avatar Saturday, 18 April 2015 07:36 AM

    Right on the meat of the bat Gayan!

    critic Saturday, 18 April 2015 11:07 AM

    We have done more than throw a ball during a stupid game.

    Kuriosity Saturday, 18 April 2015 11:08 AM

    its easy to criticize Malinga but there are 10 other players in the side as well. what the write missed is the failure of the batsmen in the MI. The whole team has failed not only him.

    jealous guy Saturday, 18 April 2015 11:27 AM

    Yeah jealous of a guy who throws a ball for a living.

    Mailman Saturday, 18 April 2015 01:40 PM

    The fact is simple this Tendulkas Chapathi Malinga gives priority to the IPL. Il will accept Im wrong if Test Cricket earnings are upto USD 500000 and him still refusing to play. This fellow does not engage in charity work either. Poor money greedy sportsman. via DM Android App

    Dayawathie Saturday, 18 April 2015 07:42 PM

    What did I say ?. I knew all those Malinga haters will come out of wood work to attack him. He is poor kid from the village. Let him make a buck. If he is making money by throwing a ball, so be it. Good luck for him. Besides, he is bringing much needed foreign exchange to this country. What have you keyboard hero haters done.?.

    Fair N Square Sunday, 19 April 2015 06:39 AM

    WELL SAID. !! those keyboard warrior who demeane Malinga should think twice.. Have they made more money than him and brought in Foreign Exchange liek he has? Moreover He has an art, and talent that made him SO POPULAR that he rose to stardom from scratch.. baseball Players, Basketball players all earn a living either by throwing a bat or ball... Jealousy isnt agood thing...He has done his part to teh country..he too needs to make a living, where he can provifde for his family educate his kids and lead a decent life...

    sinnathamby moorthy Sunday, 19 April 2015 10:56 AM

    you are wrong. the real malinga is the entire team.if he fails the team fails.wherever the real malinga plays he needs just 10 deliveries to knock out a team.4 overs is too much for him.


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