IPL 2019 Auction: Mumbai Indians Pick Lasith Malinga for INR 2 Crores

Mumbai Indians, Lasith Malinga
Malinga was bought by Mumbai Indians for INR 2 crores in IPL 2019 auction. Image Courtesy: BCCI

One of IPL’s true star, Lasith Malinga promised to be back in the circuit ahead of the IPL 2019 auctions. Though the Sri Lankan pacer missed out from action last year, he had played a key role for Mumbai Indians and had often mentored the young pool of fast bowlers in the dugout. Meanwhile, Malinga earlier got named as the skipper of the side for the limited-overs game against New Zealand.

Lasith Malinga goes back to Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians gunned for their key man, and they successfully roped in the pacer for INR two crores. Moreover, Malinga will once again spearhead the fast bowling pack.

Skipper Rohit Sharma has got a lot of faith in the Lankan seamer. Also, Malinga brings in a lot of experience, as he will once again operate with Jasprit Bumrah.

However, there were reports of uncertainty over his availability due to national commitments. Ashantha De Mel, the Chief Selector, had earlier said the decision is on hold.

“At this stage, we don’t come into the picture. That decision (whether to issue him a NOC) will be taken by the coaches and the board”, he was quoted as saying by Kashmir Times.

Mumbai looks solid on papers

Meanwhile, the blue brigade bought Quinton de Kock from the transfer window. Though the Proteas batter represented RCB previously, his presence in Mumbai will stable their batting unit.

Furthermore, with Mumbai Indians already dubbed with some lethal all-rounders and Lasith Malinga now joining forces; it will strengthen the side even more.

Lasith Malinga, Mumbai Indians
Lasith Malinga sold to Mumbai Indians for INR two crores. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Here is the complete list of the squad –

Players Status Price (INR)
Rohit Sharma Retained 150000000
Hardik Pandya Retained 70000000
Krunal Pandya Retained 88000000
Jasprit Bumrah Retained 110000000
Ishan Kishan Retained 62000000
Surya Kumar Yadav Retained 32000000
Mayank Markande Retained 20000000
Rahul Chahar Retained 19000000
Anukul Roy Retained 2000000
Siddhesh Lad Retained 2000000
Aditya Tare Retained 2000000
Quinton de Kock Traded 28000000
Evin Lewis Retained 38000000
Kieron Pollard Retained 54000000
Ben Cutting Retained 22000000
Mitchell McClenaghan Retained 10000000
Adam Milne Retained 7500000
Jason Behrendorff Retained 150000000
Lasith Malinga (SL) Purchased 20000000
Anmolpreet Singh (IND) Purchased 8000000
Barinder Sran (IND) Purchased 34000000
Pankaj Jaiswal (IND) Purchased 2000000
Rasikh Salam Dar (IND) Purchased 2000000
Yuvraj Singh (IND) Purchased 10000000
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