When it comes to cricket bowling is the trickiest role to play. It requires you to have sharp sight and maintain your form. A bowler requires good arm action as well as stamina to bowl continuously with the same speed. there are a lot of spinners who over the years have achieved the expertise in their current form.
There are many leagues that are played across the globe, one of the most widely watched is IPL. In IPL there are both domestic and foreign players in a team. So the cricketers are always careful while playing against their own national teammates. However, one must maintain professionalism and think about teamwork. One such example is Lasith Malinga. He represents as the leading spinner of Mumbai Indians. So let’s take a look at the details of the cricketer.
Lasith malinga- Maximum wicket takers in IPL
The Sri Lankan player who has various nicknames such as Slings Malinga, Yorker King is a right-arm fast bowler. he is 38 years old, a sportsman who has played in all formats of cricket, and is Mumbai Indian’s top bowler. He is most commonly referred to as a specialist death bowler. He has a distinctive round-arm action, or sling action, that’s why he is nicknamed Slinga Malinga.
In 2011, he had taken the highest number of wickets in the IPL series and won the golden ticket for this performance. He was also awarded the player of the tournament award. In 2013, he had taken his 100th wicket in the IPL series, facing Kings XI Punjab(now, Punjab Kings) in a league stage match. He was the first bowler in the IPL history to reach a milestone of 100 wickets taken.
Malinga and his Retirement
After his successful cricketing career in all the tournaments and series that were played, including IPL. On 14th September 2021, Malinga announced his retirement from all formats of cricket. The ten-year anniversary of IPL was very special for the spinner ad he was named in the all-time Cricinfo IPL XI.
However, as we know after a certain year the efficiency of every player declines. The same happened for the Sri-Lankan bowler. in 2018, he stepped down as a spinner from the team Mumbai Indians. he was also not retained by the team because of his previous performances. Nevertheless, he became the bowling mentor for the MI team. It is known that he has played 127 games for Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Also, he is the highest wicket-taker for the franchise with 179 scalps at an economy rate of 6.88.
Facts about Malinga
What is fascinating is that Malinga has been in the IPL series as a MI teammate for ten years. he has played exceptionally well and swamped many batsmen. He had taken 195 wickets for Mumbai Indians in both IPL, which is the most for a bowler representing a particular team in T20 cricket. Secondly, he was the first-ever spinner to take 100 and 150 wickets in the history of the Indian Premier League.
Soon he had taken the responsibility of coaching the Mumbai Indians squad for their bowling attack.