Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former Sri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga has returned to Mumbai Indians as their bowling coach ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season.

As per reports, Malinga will replace Shane Bond.

The former Sri Lankan unorthodox pacer won five IPL titles with Mumbai Indians before moving on to the Rajasthan Royals on a coaching stint following his retirement in 2021.

Malinga has played 139 matches for Mumbai Indians. He captured 195 wickets and 170 of them came in the IPL. It is the joint-sixth-highest in the tournament’s history.

On the other hand, Bond was part of Mumbai Indians since 2015. He took over as the global head of performance of the franchise earlier this year after launch of its teams in the UAE (ILT20), South Africa (SA20) and the USA (Major League Cricket) T20 leagues.

Meanwhile, former India wicketkeeper and chief selector MSK Prasad has taken up the role of strategic consultant with the Super Giants franchise, which owns Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the IPL and Durban’s Super Giants in the SA20.

Prasad played six Tests and 17 ODIs for India from 1998 to 2000. In 2016, he replaced Sandeep Patil as the chairman of India men's selection committee and served in that role till 2020.