IPL news April 24, 2012

Malinga set to return to Mumbai Indians


Lasith Malinga, the Mumbai Indians fast bowler, has recovered from his back injury and will rejoin his franchise on April 25, ESPNcricinfo has learned. Malinga had flown to Sri Lanka on the morning of April 16 for rest and treatment for back soreness. His last IPL game was on April 11 against Rajasthan Royals but he missed only two matches because Mumbai Indians have had a five-day and a six-day break between games.

Malinga could be back in action as soon as Mumbai Indians' match against Delhi Daredevils on April 27, or against Deccan Chargers on April 29. This is the second time he has been sidelined with a back strain over the last 14 months. He also missed Sri Lanka's opening two games in the 2011 World Cup with a similar problem.

Mumbai Indians lost both the games Malinga missed. They were bowled out for 92 by Delhi Daredevils and failed to defend a total of 163 against Kings XI Punjab, as Munaf Patel and RP Singh conceded 69 runs in seven overs.

Malinga is the all-time leading wicket-taker in the IPL and was in good form again this season. Before his injury he had taken nine wickets from four games at an economy-rate of 4.54. Injuries have been a problem for Malinga in recent years. Aside from his back problems, a knee injury he picked up during Sri Lanka's Australia tour in 2007 threatened to cut short his career and, in April, 2011, he retired from Tests in order to spare his knee further damage.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Baba on April 26, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    MI is a team who always wins at the final overs.There will be a lot of difference on cumback of malinga..........but now no batsmen gonna fear for malinga............

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    the problem is our system.Someone should get into players face and tell them how u want them to play,even sachin need to be told it is 20-20 not a one day.

  • Nadeem on April 25, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Malinga is a perfect 4 over bowler. He should always play IPL and T2020. I really like his bowling. Welcome back you 4 over genius.

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    @princewithu90.... well i guess u expect MI to play with local players than foreigner origin..??? then y dont DD, CSK RCB and other team play with local players.....do they have leaders??? if dhoni is leader then y he failed in england and in AUS???and do u think ur team will win?? dont be so overconfident.......this is 20-20 not test cricket.. here matches are not decided on players than the game..

  • Dushan on April 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Money no longer talks - IT SCREAMS :)

  • Ram on April 25, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    I agree with princevithu. MI have good individuals, historically they are not sensible buyers. Pollard rocked the CL01, they bought him into the team. Levi hit a super 100 against NZ, they bought him in. If they had a chance they might have tried for Narine as well. They have money but are not smart buyers. Pollard on his day can win any match. Same goes for Malinga/Rohit/SRT. But again when under pressure individuals wont matter, TEAM does. Rohit has been given loads of chances in Indian team, he is still a replacement player where as Virat has held post. That is because Virat performs and gels in the team.Everytime Rohit gets out his face says, I lost another chance, not I should've done better. All other teams are teams where as MI will always be like a ICC world XI. Great players not good team.

  • Sridhar on April 25, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    Know what is the real problem with Mumbai Indians? An inflated and false sense of entitlement, both as individuals and as a team. Look at the way the players behave, particularly Munaf Patel, sometimes even against his own teammates. And it is reflecting in the fairplay points. Come on, you are no more entitled to win the IPL than any of the other teams. And even on paper, you are nowhere near the best team. Wise up!

  • Philip on April 25, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    SLC need to take responsibility for the injury that Malinga is carrying. Sri Lanka were in Australia for the Triangular series where Malinga played 5 ODIs in 10 days!!!. He might has well been playing test cricket as the batting innings (Test Cricket) would have been given him longer breaks for rest. The Lure of money is great and the pressure to perform for the Franchise is greater due to their reliance on his bowling. Club before country? Does that ring a bell or am I being stupid or missing something? He needs to have a clean break and sort his back problem as the last thing we (lovers of SL Cricket) want is for him to have a recurrence of his knee problems that made him an invalid and deserted by SLC. Much has been talked about his performances for SL (WC2012 etc) and lets leave it at that. Mumbai need to ensure that they get the rest of their good bowlers to deliver. They have adequate bowlers. Phil G, Surrey, England

  • Dummy4 on April 25, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    Sachin & Harbhajan is Main Issue for Mumbai Loses , Sachin Shud score more runs in Powerplay but he scores just a run a ball its leads lots of pressure to Lower order batsman and Harbhajan msut sitout he couldnt take wickets in IPL too so no way for cumback to indain team and Ohja is the Leading wicket taker in IPL , Just Being a Captain of Mumbai Indians made Harbhajan inculded in MI Playing XI and Compostion of MI is a big issue 5 Bowlers + 2 Allrounders + Rohit Sharma can Bowl if needed is Unncessary they must include a Batsmen to make midlle order more stronger :)) If Mumbai has to wil IPL Then Harbhajan shud sit out otherwise mostly Mostly MI wont qualify for the Play Off

  • Tahir on April 25, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    Two months IPl is too much. One month each for an ODI and a T20 competition will be ideal. It will give indian youngsters a chance to use their real talent instead of relying on a hit out where they have no chance to settle down. Worldclass players come to India and get confidence of rank turners that might bring the whitewash syndrome to the home soil.

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