IPL 2021: Defending champions Mumbai Indians released Lasith Malinga, the Sri Lankan fast bowler and the highest wicket-taker of the Indian Premier League, ahead of the upcoming season. Malinga, who has played 122 matches in IPL, has taken 170 wickets, which is the highest wicket of any bowler in this breathtaking league, in which his best performance has been to take five wickets for 13 runs.
“Mumbai Indians have released seven players including Sri Lankan greats Lasith Malinga, New Zealand’s Mitchell McLennaghan, Australia’s Nathan Culper Neil and James Pattinson, Guyana’s Sherfane Rutherford, Uncapped leg-spinner Prince Balwant Rai.” And fast bowler Digvijay Deshmukh.
– Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 20, 2021
In the 2020 phase of the IPL, Mumbai Indians included Australian fast bowler James Pattinson in place of Malinga. Because this Sri Lankan player refused to play for personal reasons.
Mumbai Indians have decided to retain their core team, which includes captain Rohit Sharma, wicketkeeper batsman Quinton Dickock, star fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult and all-rounders Kieran Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.
According to the statement, the five-time champion has 18 players in his team and can include players at seven places which can be filled in the ‘mini auction’. The franchise said, “The team can select four foreign players for the next season.”
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