Malinga named Mumbai Indians’ bowling mentor

Malinga named Mumbai Indians' bowling mentor
FILE - This is a Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 file photo of Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga as he bowls during their fourth one-day international cricket match against India in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka on friday Dec. 15, 2017 dropped fast bowler Lasith Malinga from its squad of 15 players for the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against India. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Mumbai: Mumbai Indians great and former Sri Lankan pace spearhead Lasith Malinga was named the bowling mentor of the three-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions for the upcoming edition.

A veteran of over 204 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 68 T20Is, Malinga will join the support staff headed by head coach Mahela Jayawardene, 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,” the 34-year-old Malinga, currently bogged down by injuries, said in a statement.

Malinga has been the core of the Mumbai Indians winning combination in the last decade, featuring in 110 matches of the 157 the franchise has played so far.

Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani feels having Malinga as mentor will be a great benefit to the young talent 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 as the established ones to have the combined force of Shane Bond and Lasith Malinga to back them,” said Akash.

“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.”