While there is no confirmation if the selectors will persist with him as skipper for the World Cup, especially after the team's poor performance in South Africa where they were swept 5-0, Malinga has done enough with the ball to warrant a place in the 15-man squad.
Pant got those runs in only 27 balls and while the relentless onslaught would do his confidence a world of good, Jasprit Bumrah's shoulder injury two months before the ICC showpiece left the Indian cricket fraternity on tenterhooks. The target proved too hot to handle for the home side, as they lost the clash by 37 runs. "It was a challenging start but as I said in the pre-camp, things are going to go wrong at times". "Trent Boult and Colin Munro - they have flown in at midnight last night, (Kagiso) Rabada came in at 2 am Friday morning, which is not ideal". The Captain of Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first in order to chase in the but the Capitals squad set the huge target of 213 on board which made it hard for MI to chase.
"Once I become available for Mumbai Indians, I would have missed seven or eight games", Malinga added. "Other than that, he bowled well", Yuvraj, who scored a half-century in the contest, said in an interview with MITV.
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians
Lasith Malinga who is nearly assured of a place in the 50-over World Cup squad in England in June, aims to play next year's T20 World Cup in Australia before signing off from worldwide cricket.
The Kotla pitch, which gets slower with passage of play, might force Dhoni to start with his pacers and keep Harbhajan and Tahir for the overs when Pant is expected to be in action. I was playing for U-14s and U-16s.
"We were really very clear about how we want to approach the game". I always play according to the situation most of the time. "The wicket was more of 180-190 wicket, 215 (213) was quite a match-winning score", he said. Following the game, the youngster, who had amassed a staggering 684 runs in the last IPL, said that his journey in the game so far has been great.
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