Former Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga has enjoyed a stellar run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Mumbai Indians, but is now looking forward to a new role as he takes on the role of fast bowling coach of the Rajasthan Royals in his own right. takes. The IPL 2022 kicks off on March 26, but Rajasthan will play their first match on March 29 against the SunRisers Hyderabad. Commenting on his joining the Royals, the 38-year-old said in an official release: “It’s definitely new for me to start coaching and pass on my experience to the younger players. I’ve played this role before at Mumbai, and now I am delighted to be working with Rajasthan Royals.”
“It’s a new place for me, but so far I enjoy my part in working with such a talented group of bowlers.”
“The first thing that has always stayed with me was the color pink. I’ve always seen that the team has good international and local players, and when I met them it was difficult. I think they were always very competitive and could beat any team on their day,” the former Sri Lankan continued.
Malinga was associated with Mumbai for 13 seasons and also remembered how the move to Royals came about.
“It was actually 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 that I could use my experience and give back to the game I love, by working with this group of players,” said IPL’s senior wicket taker.
The Sri Lankan legend also spoke of the Royals’ new pace attack.
“I think we have a fantastic speed attack. You have experienced foreign players like Boult and Coulter-Nile, who I have worked with before. Then we have real 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 small margins really matter, and I’m here to guide them to give their best in all situations,” said Malinga.
Malinga shared his thoughts on what is most important for a fast bowler to achieve success, Malinga said: “I think teams usually 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 accordingly. In T20 you only have to bowl 24 balls which works in our favour, but it is also important to trust your instincts about which variations can work in which situations.”
“On the field, you only have a right-hander and a left-hander to prepare for, so when a bowler trains, it’s important to train just by that — to think there are only two batters — it doesn’t matter what the batsman’s name 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, Kardeepaire Sen, Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Shubham Garhwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell.