Lasith Malinga pulled out of IPL 2020, James Pattinson named as replacement



Mumbai Indians’ highest wicket-taker, Lasith Malinga won’t be part of this year’s IPL. The Sri Lankan fast bowler has pulled out of IPL 2020, citing personal reasons. Australian fast-bowler, James Pattinson has been named as his replacement. Sportzcraazy understands that Malinga’s father has been ill and may undergo surgeries in the coming weeks.

Lasith is a legend and a pillar of MI’s strength. There is no denying the fact that we will miss Lasith’s cricketing acumen this season. However, we fully understand Lasith’s need to be in Sri Lanka with his family during this time.” Mumbai owner Akash Ambani was quoted as saying by the franchise’s website.

Lasith Malinga has been a vital part of Mumbai Indians since the inaugural edition of IPL. Malinga is the highest wicket-taker in IPL history. In 122 matches, he has picked 170 wickets at an average of 19.80. Malinga bowled the match-winning last over in the final match of 2019 IPL. With 2 runs needed in the final ball, he produced a slower ball which resulted in a wicket as MI won the game by one run and clinched their fourth IPL title.

Mumbai Indians will miss the services of the veteran fast-bowler this year. Though, they have enough firepower in the fast bowling attack, which comprise of Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Mitchell McClenaghan among others.

James Pattinson hasn’t made his debut in the cash-rich league. Though, he has been part of Kolkata Knight Riders in the past. As far as his international performance is concerned, Pattinson has played 15 One-Day Internationals and 4 T20 internationals, picking 81 and 3 wickets respectively.

The fear of coronavirus grappling the world has led to a lot of overseas cricketers contemplating over their participation in the upcoming edition of IPL. Josh Hazlewood recently raised the alarm about the issue. He stated that he will discuss with Cricket Australia over his participation in the league.

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson too echoed the issue and showed his concern over the participation in this year’s IPL, scheduled to be held in the UAE.