Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
09 Jan, 2014 | 12:58 pm
Defending champions Mumbai Indians are all set to keep their core group of players intact as they are all set to use their five retentions for the upcoming IPL 7 with the choice between Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson and Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Malinga.
While skipper Rohit Sharma and West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard are most certain to be retained, the choice for the second foreigner will be between Johnson and Malinga.
While Johnson’s brilliant form in the Ashes and his supposed availability throughout the entire IPL duration is a positive, the factors that work for Malinga are his past performances for the Mumbai Indians as well as his better skills on the sub-continental pitches.
“Mitch has had a tremendous season. Even Sachin (Tendulkar) had indicated in his post-retirement presser that the fast bowler would make the difference in the Ashes. But if some of the matches are played in Sri Lanka, then Malinga’s experience on those tracks could prove to be vital. Obviously, the one who is not retained can be got back with Right to Match card,” a senior IPL official told PTI today.
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