The Mumbai Indian Premier League (IPL) team has a lot in common with the national cricket team. Apart from the name of the team, the colour of the team jersey (blue), poor media management, the Mumbai team is also suffering from injury woes, something that the Indian team faced during the recently-concluded Test series against South Africa.
Apart from skipper Sachin Tendulkar’s groin injury, the injuries to the Sri Lankan fast bowling duo of Dilhara Fernando and Lasith Malinga had also created problems for the Mumbai team management ahead of their tournament opener against the Bangalore team in Mumbai on Sunday.
While Fernando recovered and joined the squad in time, it was learnt that Malinga was going to be unavailable for a better part of the six-week long tournament.
As a result, the Mumbai team owners have decided to replace Malinga with Dwayne Bravo, the all-rounder from the West Indies.
Mumbai coach Lalchand Rajput confirmed Bravo’s signing on Saturday. “We have Bravo as a replacement for Malinga,” Rajput told a media conference.
Skipper Tendulkar added that Bravo will be available from Mumbai’s second match, to be played in Chennai on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, a member of the team management had told the Hindustan Times that with Malinga unavailable, the team was looking for an all-rounder.
“Since Malinga could not recover in time, we were looking for an all-rounder,” the source said. “We all thought Bravo was the best choice from the options that we had.”
Interestingly, Bravo, who will land in Mumbai on Sunday night, would be available only till May 14 since he will have to return to the Caribbean on May 15 for Australia’s tour to the West Indies. “Mumbai are scheduled to play eight of our 14 league games before May 15,” the sources added.