The 13th edition of IPL is going to start after a long wait. However, bad news is waiting for the Mumbai Indians at the beginning of the event. Mumbai Indians may not get Sri Lankan experienced pacer Lasith Malinga in the first few matches of the tournament. The Sri Lankan fast bowler is not going to the UAE right now for personal reasons.
Malinga could be your IPL's top wicket-taker using 170 wickets and a year ago helped MI procure a fourth largest name triumph, winning the final against Chennai Super Kings from the previous chunk. Together with CSK needing just two to win the last ball plus you to tie, Malinga got Shardul Thakur outside LBW. After his first 3 overs opting for 42 runs, Malinga reunites once again to concede only seven away from the critical within this game.
Malinga, who captained the Sri Lankan T20 World Cup-winning side in 2014, has so far taken 170 wickets in 122 IPL matches at a fine average of 19.8 and an economy rate of 7.14.
Last year's champions Mumbai Indians have already reached the UAE to play in the IPL. However, Malinga could not go with the team due to personal reasons. He is not able to go on time due to his father's illness. Her father may have surgery in the next couple of weeks. So Malinga wants to be by his father's side at this time.
Meanwhile, six teams have already reached the host country to play in the IPL. Four-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians, led by Rohit Sharma, arrived in the UAE on Friday.