IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians' coach Shane Bond says it is necessary to manage workload of bowlers in tight schedule

PTI, Apr, 26 2017

Mumbai: Former New Zealand pacer and Mumbai Indians' bowling coach Shane Bond has said it is necessary to manage the workload of bowlers considering the tight schedule of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

File picture of Shane Bond (L) and Corey Anderson (R). BCCI

File picture of Shane Bond. BCCI

The former Kiwi seamer, who was one of the fastest bowlers of his times, gave the example of Sri Lanka's out-of- form pacer Lasith Malinga.

"There is a lot of discussion between myself, (MI coach) Mahela Jayawardene and (team) management about managing him (Malinga) through a tighter schedule (of the) IPL this year," Bond told PTI.

"We are aware about all our bowlers and (need) to manage workload, and in particular for the guys (players) who have come back from injury.

"Even though Mali (Malinga) hasn't had the best of times, there were going to be games he was to be pulled out because we wanted to make sure he is fresh and rested," added the 41- year-old from Christchurch.

An out-of-form Malinga, who has been a champion bowler for Sri Lanka and MI, has been leaking runs this IPL season.

"This is a long tournament and we want guys all fit and fine at the back-end of the tournament. We have got good back-up in Mitch (Mitchell) Johnson and Tim Southee. So that's the challenge for us now, who to play, because we have got a good bowling stock," said Bond.

Table-toppers Mumbai Indians have so far played eight games at the Wankhede stadium and their bowling attack has been so far impressive.

Published Date: Apr 26, 2017 | Updated Date: Apr 26, 2017



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115