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Malinga set to return to Mumbai Indians

Tariq Engineer

April 24, 2012

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Lasith Malinga picked up three wickets, Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Visakhapatnam, April 9, 2012
Mumbai Indians lost two games in Lasith Malinga's absence © AFP
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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.

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Posted by B.Moizuddin.Gouhar 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............

Posted by   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.

Posted by Nadeem1976 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.

Posted by   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..

Posted by Tusker17 on (April 25, 2012, 13:33 GMT)

Money no longer talks - IT SCREAMS :)

Posted by Ram-i 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.

Posted by The_Long_Game 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!

Posted by Philip_Gnana 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

Posted by   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

Posted by JustIPL 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.

Posted by Mr.Gibbs on (April 25, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

@ rocks-IPL they are missing Gibbs

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 10:23 GMT)

@rocks-ipl the missing thing is team play attitude Except Sachin no one would like to play as a team and that was the reason MI was struggling with the best tea m If you watch BPL and Premiera Liga then you can see Man C and Madrid has loads of Star players but they always Fail to play as a team Same goes for MI the players play only once or twice in the IPL and in that matches only MI was winning and in the rest they are Not going in the way As you can see Players getting frustrated like Munaf and harbajan and even pollard with his celebrations So when MI starts to play as a team then No one can stop them

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 10:10 GMT)

All you Sachin haters are unbelievable. Tell me a single batsman today who has a record as impressive as Sachin's. And then people say he's not a matchwinner. And also that he takes too long to score his runs. I don't think that scoring a hundred hundreds in International cricket is that easy a task, however long you take to score your runs. Heck, Kevin Pietersen's got 30 odd hundreds in International cricket, and that's the most for any English player ever. All that aside, he's been crowned the best player of the tournament in one of the IPLs, and has been scoring runs for his side, consistently. Even if they're slower than the few devastating hitters of the cricket ball in the IPL, he's still scoring runs. And if the bowling attack fails to defend scores that deserve a win, Sachin is not the one to be blamed, as the trend seems to be pretty common these days. More often than not, Sachin is the silver lining in Mumbai's losses, however seldom or often it may be. Pathetic!

Posted by princevithu90 on (April 25, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

@rocks-IPL, "Can anyone tell if this is not a winning team, then what is ?" - Chennai Super Kings.... "Whats missing ?" - a TEAM is missing.... MI is not a team - just a bunch of very talented cricketers thrown together in a tough competition by some rich people. CSK, RCB, RR, PWI, and even KXIP are better TEAMS than MI. Harbhajan or Sachin are not natural leaders, and for all the top ppl u got, there's no chemistry/bonding between the players. They dont even enjoy cricket. Which is why MI will never win an IPL. There, you got your answer!

Posted by Haleos on (April 25, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

Good luck Malinga. Mumbai is waiting for your return.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

@rajithwijepura patriotic much? as a sri lankan it disgusts me to see people arrive into such narrow conclusions. Malinga is a world class bowler and nobody needs to prove that, and yet some people put him down in such a way that is absolutely appalling especially when it comes from fellow countrymen. Just imagine even if you were paid a million dollars to take part in ipl you would have done the same thing it's human, i don't know why they hate him. Malinga always put country first but it's hard for these people to be convinced. Jealousy at it's finest i say.

Posted by kristee on (April 25, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Take away Malinga and Pollard; MI will be the second worst after DC.

Posted by rajithwijepura on (April 25, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

WOW. that was quick. If he got injured while laying for Srilankan national team he might take 6 month rest. LOL. Money speak loud. Good for you malinga. We dont wont to see you in Srilankan team

Posted by sweetspot on (April 25, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

@ Mansoor Muhammed - Please wait till you play DC to make a safe bet.

Posted by sweetspot on (April 25, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

Being bowled out for 92 cannot be blamed on Malinga's absence, can it? I hope the poor chap is not pushing his back. Sachin loves the number 100. That is why he motors along at 100 strike rate! Maybe a team total of 100 is also better than 92!?

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

Munaf also will take wickets, only if Malinga bowls. ha ha ha...

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 6:40 GMT)

Mumbai Indians definitely need Malinga back in the squad to strengthen the bowling attack. And for those of you who say drop/bench Pollard I agree with you 100%! Let MI's fielding depreciate severely and other teams win matches. People tend to forget that there are certain players on this squad who perform in 2 out of 3 areas (bat/bowl/field) when unable to excel in all.

Posted by IJ-IPL on (April 25, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

(i) Malinga, (ii)Ojha, (iii)Harbhajan, (iv)RP Singh (v) Munaf Patel - Top 5 leading wicket-takers in IPL seaons (vi)Sachin and (vii)Sharma - hold 2nd and 3rd position for the most runs scored in IPL seasons (viii) Dinesh Karthik - one of the finest wicket-keeper running scoring domestic player (after Dhoni obviously) in IPL (viii) Pollard - one of the two westindian all-roounders who have shaken the IPL cricket (other one being Gayle)

8 players are completed. remaining 3 players being (ix) Rayudu- he is also among the top 15 run-scorers in IPL seasons. (x) Jacobs (he has performed well for MI earlier also, I hope he can do again, specially in the light that Levi has failed to perform) (xi) James Franklin - he can become handy at times. ----- or instead of Jacobs you can even take Perrera, if required. Can anyone tell if this is not a winning team, then what is ? I think MI needs to put their head together.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

POLLARD the over actor , even after taking the wicket of a tail he celebrates for ages with angry looks....Must be doing these for his lack of performance , I am to stop watching MI matches because of him.

Posted by IJ-IPL on (April 25, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

I fail to understand this about MI. they have just brilliant foreign players and such amazing domestic players that they played only 3 foreign players in their game ? Still neither the domestic players are performing nor the foreign players are performing ? Can't contemplate the reason. I mean this is like a dream team of any country but still they fail to perform. Top 4 wicket takers of IPL--> all in one team; One of the top all-rounder in the same team; Two of the Top leading run-scorers in the same team. One of the top wicket-keeper batsman also in the same team. Whats missing ?

Posted by arunsidharthan on (April 25, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

Pollard is an all rounder. if he fails with bat he compensated it with his bowling and fielding. He is an X factor for Mumbai Indians.

Posted by aries_d on (April 25, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

MI depends on Malinga for the blows whenever required. without Malinga, I think the MI attack looks ordinary. Munaf and others are not able to give the edge over the oppositoin batsman. Harbhajan Singh has been a failure in this IPL so far, and if not being the captain, I think he needs a break. More ever he doesnt come on to bowl when the batsman are attacking. Guess too afraid that he will also be attacked.

Posted by mngc on (April 25, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

MI keeps making the same mistake with Pollard. He does best when he has a few balls to get his eyes in. Coming in with only 5 overs left or when the damage has already been done by scoring 30 in 7 overs is not cutting it. MI is expecting him to score 12+ runs per over starting the first ball he faces. Against Australia he made 100+ in an ODI. The first part of the innings was 40 in 40. The other 60 runs came in about 30 balls, The Australian side that used him at #3 won the Big Bash tournament and he made very good scores.

Come on MI. What you are doing now isn't working so give him a try at #3.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 22:28 GMT)

trump card for mumbai indian..they need him desperately..

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

come on Malinga, we, Mumbai Indians, surely need you.....let's again show other teams that we can do it...

Posted by   on (April 24, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Definately Mum Will Win Today.. Anybody Wants 2 Bet With Me..? :p

Posted by Aman_blues on (April 24, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

yh malinga shud b bak n dey shud thnk of benching pollard n gve chance 2 othr oversea players coz pollard performs once in a year in IPL

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