Lasith Malinga will miss out for personal reasons for the forthcoming Indian Premier League 2020. Australian pacer James Pattinson was signed by Mumbai Indians as a replacement. This weekend the Australian will join the team at Abu Dhabi.
Malinga is the most effective IPL bowler ever, at an efficiency of 7.14, with 170 wickets from 122 matches, all for Mumbai Indians. He picked 16 wickets from last season’s 12 matches, and successfully bowled the final over against Chennai Super Kings that sealed Mumbai’s victory.
Pattinson, meanwhile, only played for 47 wickets in a total of 39 T20s. He last played a T20I in 2012 for Australia. Owner Akash Ambani invited Pattinson on board, and in a press release provided by the franchise extended all support to Malinga.
“James is the right fit for us and adds to our pace attack options available at hand especially for the conditions we will play in this season.
“Lasith is a legend and a pillar of MI’s strength. There is no denying the fact that we will miss Lasith’s cricketing acumen this season.
“However, we fully understand Lasith’s need to be in Sri Lanka with his family during this time. Mumbai Indians are founded on the values of ‘One Family’ and for us, the members of our squad and their wellbeing will always hold utmost importance. We welcome James to our One Family,” says Akash Ambani
Mumbai Indians squad: Rohit Sharma (C), Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Chris Lynn, Digvijay Deshmukh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Pattinson Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton de Kock.