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IPL 2024: Lasith Malinga leaves Rajasthan Royals and rejoins Mumbai Indians as bowling coach

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Lasith Malinga, Rohit Sharma - Mumbai Indians

In a move that is bound to spark excitement among cricket fans, former Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga has made a triumphant comeback to the Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise, this time as their esteemed bowling coach. The upcoming 2024 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to witness Malinga’s return to familiar territory, as he takes on the role previously held by Shane Bond.

Malinga’s name is synonymous with success at MI, as he was an integral part of the team’s achievements during his playing days. The veteran bowler clinched an impressive five titles with the franchise, including four IPL championships in 2013, 2015, 2017, and 2019, along with the coveted Champions League T20 title in 2011. His remarkable contributions and unparalleled expertise on the field have etched his name in the annals of MI’s history.

With 139 matches under his belt, Malinga’s legacy at MI is adorned with remarkable statistics. The speedster left an indelible mark by snaring an impressive 195 wickets, showcasing his mastery over the art of bowling. His best figures of 5/13 stand as a testament to his prowess and the countless unforgettable moments he provided to fans around the world.

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Shane Bond was part of the MI camp since 2015

The departure of Bond, who held the position of bowling coach since 2015, marks the end of an era for MI. Bond, a key figure in the MI Paltan, had been instrumental in the team’s journey, playing a pivotal role in conjunction with luminaries like Rohit Sharma and Mahela Jayawardene, who led the team as head coach from 2017 to 2022. As the reins of the team’s bowling unit are passed from Bond to Malinga, fans eagerly await the new dynamics that the seasoned Sri Lankan cricketer will bring to the fore.

While Malinga’s return to MI as the bowling coach is set in stone, the fate of Bond in the IPL landscape remains uncertain. As reports circulate about Bond’s potential role with MI Emirates in the recently launched ILT20, which began in January of this year, fans and analysts alike are awaiting official confirmation on the matter. MI Emirates finished third on the points table in the six-team tournament and subsequently bowed out in the second Qualifier, losing to eventual champions Gujarat Giants.

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