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IPL 2018: Malinga reveals why Mumbai Indians did not retain him in auction

SRI LANKA veteran Lasith Malinga revealed why he wasn’t surprised when the Mumbai Indians snubbed the paceman during IPL 2018 players’ auction.

Malinga, who recently was roped in by the Mumbai franchise as bowling mentor, failed to bag even a single deal in the 2-day auction event. As reported by PTI, Malinga revealed.

“I was not surprised at (Mumbai's) decision not to have retained me. I had 10 very good years with Mumbai Indians and I achieved a lot. But this year, the owners spoke to me and told me about their vision going forward."

Malinga believes that his time in competitive cricket is nearly over.

"They wanted to create a good team for the next three years. I also understand that my time in competitive cricket is over now. I am 34 years old and not getting any younger. I feel this is the right time to make a career move.” 

Speaking about his new role of a bowling mentor, the 'Toe Crusher' expressed,

"Mumbai Indians had the mentorship role in mind and I am happy to start new innings. My job as a mentor will now give me an opportunity to guide the next crop of fast bowlers.”

The 34-year-old also hinted at retirement and said,

"I will pass on my knowledge to them and also it will be an opportunity to assess myself in the coaching arena. Mentally, I am over with playing cricket. I don't think I will play international cricket anymore. I am planning to announce my retirement soon."

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