Lasith Malinga joined the Rajasthan Royals camp as a bowling coach￼
Former Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga is now looking forward to a new role as he is attempting the role of the fast bowling coach of the Rajasthan Royals while Royals will play their first match against SunRisers Hyderabad on March 29.
Former Sri Lanka legend player Lasith Malinga has played the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the franchise Mumbai Indians but he is now looking forward to a new role as he is attempting the role of the fast bowling coach of the Rajasthan Royals.
The IPL will kick off on March 26 and the opening game of the tournament will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders. The Rajasthan Royals will play their first match on March 29 against SunRisers Hyderabad.
While responding on joining the Rajasthan, Malinga said in an official release stated,
“It is certainly a new thing for me to get into coaching and pass on my experience to the younger players. I have played this role before with Mumbai, and now I’m delighted to be working with Rajasthan Royals.”
“It is a new place for me, but I’m enjoying my role so far working with such a talented group of bowlers.”
“The first thing that always stayed with me was the color – pink. I always saw the team have good international and local players, and whenever I used to face them, it was tough. I think they were always very competitive and could beat any team on their day,”former Sri Lanka stated further.
Having been connected with Mumbai Indians for 13 reasons, the 38-year old also recalled how the move to Royals came about.
“It was last year that Kumar (Sangakkara) asked me if I was interested. But with Covid and all the bubble restrictions, I didn’t want to stay away from my family. But this year, having also worked with the Sri Lankan team, I felt I could use my experience and give back to the game that I love, by working with this group of players,”said IPL’s highest wicket-taker.
Lasith Malinga also talked about the Rajasthan new pace attack.
“I think we have a fantastic pace attack. You’ve got experienced overseas players like Boult and Coulter-Nile, with whom I’ve worked before. Then we’ve got genuine Indian fast bowlers in Prasidh and Saini, who have proven themselves at the highest level, and some new faces in Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, and Kuldip Yadav. In T20 cricket, I think little margins matter, and I’m here to guide them to deliver their best in all situations,”stated Malinga.
Sharing his thoughts on what’s the most important thing for a fast bowler to achieve success, Malinga said,
“I think most of the times teams focus on analyzing the opposition and looking at their weaknesses. But in my experience, I think what works best is when you work on your strengths and bowl according to them. In T20, you only have to bowl 24 balls, which works in our favor but it’s also important to trust your instincts as to which variations can work in which situations.”
“On the field, you only have a right-hander and a left-hander to prepare against, so when a bowler trains, it’s important to just train according to that – to think there are just two batters – it doesn’t matter what the name of the batsman is,”he added.
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Sanju Samson (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Karun Nair, Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell.