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‘Mumbai Indians have adequate cover for Malinga’

Although handicapped by the absence of their pace injured spearhead Lasith Malinga, who may miss the entire IPL season 9 commencing on Saturday, title holders Mumbai Indians are quite confident that there are others capable of stepping into the Sri Lankan’s shoes. “The (franchise) owners and (head coach) Ricky (Ponting) have done a good job in recruiting a couple of fast bowlers in the side. 

So we have cover for him. If he arrives fit, he will surely fit into our squad. If he doesn t, we have good cover for him,” said MI’s bowling coach Shane Bond on Friday ahead of the team’s lung-opener against new outfit, Rising Pune Supergiants.

“Nothing changes, like in any injury, that is the depth of the squad. When it comes to IPL during the course of time, there were 16 players, so you cannot rely on one player,” added Bond over Malinga’s injury-forced absence at least for the first half of the round robin stage.

Malinga, who played a major rule last year by taking 24 wickets in 15 games in MI’s memorable come from behind run to the title for the second time, has hurt his knee and was unable to be the bowling spearhead for his country, Lanka, in the World T20 that concluded on April 3.

On Thursday Ponting had also confidently said that there were adequate replacements if Malinga is ruled out of the entire season 9 of the T20 league.
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