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Need To Manage Workload of Mumbai Indians Bowlers: Bond

PTI |April 26, 2017, 6:30 PM IST
Need To Manage Workload of Mumbai Indians Bowlers: Bond

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

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 Jayawardane and (team) management about managing him (Malinga) through a tighter schedule (of the) IPL this year," Bond said.

"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.

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Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
AUS
5 4 1 0 8 +0.81
2
NZ
4 3 0 1 7 +2.16
3
IND
4 3 0 1 7 +1.02
4
ENG
4 3 1 0 6 +1.55
5
SL
5 1 2 2 4 -1.77
6
WI
4 1 2 1 3 +0.66
7
SA
5 1 3 1 3 -0.20
8
BAN
4 1 2 1 3 -0.71
9
PAK
5 1 3 1 3 -1.93
10
AFG
4 0 4 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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