Lasith Malinga recalls his memorable journey with Mumbai Indians
Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Malinga ended his career as one of the best bowlers to have graced the game. The right-arm fast bowler picked up 446 international wickets in his illustrious career.
Malinga was also one of the key members of the Mumbai Indians set-up in IPL and played pivotal roles in all of Mumbai’s five title wins. He also groomed Mumbai’s young pacers. Indian stalwart Jaspreet Bumrah credits Malinga for his evolvement as one of the best fast bowlers. Malinga recently recalled his journey with Mumbai Indians and said that playing for Mumbai Indians helped him earn many fans in India and across the globe. If you want to know more about bet365 live streaming you can check all our review here.
“When I played with Mumbai Indians, I got many fans in India and all over the world. I feel all the young cricketers have a dream – to play franchise cricket, especially IPL, and the national team,” the official website of Mumbai Indians quoted Malinga as saying.
“That is why I want to share my experience with Mumbai Indians, who have an excellent support staff. That is why I want to explain how I entered the IPL team.”
Malinga was roped in by Mumbai Indians in 2008. However, he could not play in that season owing to a knee injury. Malinga recalled how his manager broke the news of his IPL selection. “In 2008, I got the opportunity to put down my name for the auction. After that, I got a call from my manager who told me that I’d got a chance to play with Mumbai Indians that year,” he added. “He asked me not to worry, and that two other Sri Lankan cricketers were there. He also mentioned that I got good owners – Mr. Mukesh Ambani and Mrs. Nita Ambani.”
Malinga had an international experience of just about 3 years when he was roped in by Mumbai Indians. The veteran pacer said that sharing the dressing room with legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasurya and Shaun Pollock was a great learning experience. “The manager also mentioned about the team’s support staff and the team having the most experienced players of that time. I had only 3.5 years of international experience. I felt it was good to go there and get some experience to play for the national team,” said Malinga.
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