Sri Lankan fast bowling great Lasith Malinga is set to replace former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond as the bowling coach of the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians. Malinga was a crucial player for MI over his near-decade-long IPL career as he went on to win five IPLs and two Champions League T20s. Malinga has played 139 matches for Mumbai across all tournaments and picked up 195 wickets at an economy rate of 7.12. The Sri Lankan had 170 wickets in the IPL and was the joint-sixth-most in the league.
Whereas Shane Bond joined the Mumbai Indians, nine years ago, in 2015 as the bowling coach and has since been a crucial part of the team's leadership group. The development was reported by ESPN Cricinfo which further revealed there has been no confirmation regarding Bond's continuation as the head coach of MI Emirates in the ILT20.
Coming back to Lasith Malinga, the Lankan speedster joined fellow Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara at Rajasthan Royals after retiring in 2021. In his first year, RR reached the final with the team winning both purple and orange cap honours. The second season saw the Royals fall short of the playoffs.