IPL 2017: Coach Jayawardene Excited By Mumbai’s Riches

Former Sir Lanka’s captain Mahela Jayawardene has returned to India for his first full-fledged coaching task with twice champion’s team Mumbai Indians.

Jayawardene replaced Ricky Ponting to lead Mumbai Indians as the head coach in IPL 2017 season 10th. He is still required after franchise cricketer and shifts with Karachi Kings at the Pakistan Super League last month.

Previous, he stands for Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. Jayawardene has an experience of playing many T20 leagues which he wants to share with his team of Mumbai players. Even if he was alert of not overdoing it.

The 39-year-old former Sir Lanka’s captain said “I think playing around the world different conditions do help, the number of games and all that, but obviously coaching is a different role altogether. I think I need to step back and let the players play try and prepare, give them the freedom to go and express themselves,” said Jayawardene.

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“Practically we will discuss a lot of things behind the scenes. We have got a great coaching staff to help them out, we will give them as many as challenges as possible to go out there and execute. It’s very exciting to have a very talented group of players to work with which is great.”

Jayawardene said that he was looking to work with Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma. “I think Rohit is a very instinctive player, naturally gifted. He just goes with the flow and he creates his opportunities and I think that suits quite well when you are a T20 captain because you need to react to situations out there in the middle pretty quickly and probably try and stay a couple of overs ahead.”

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He added, “He has been captaining MI for the last four-five years and he is showing that. At a young age he has taken a bigger role and done that. It is important to have that versatility as well relaxed and calm demeanour.”

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“There are a lot of things that happen, not just on the field, but a lot of things that happen around that as well, so to keep perspective and handle that so that is demands of a modern T20 captain these days.”

Team Mumbai Indians have many players who return from injury and playing after a long break. Player Mitchell Johnson has bought at the auction, which played last in the BBL in January.

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Lasith Malinga, who came back to International cricket after treatment a year out of the game with his knee injured. There are the two players Jayawardene named while underling the importance of managing workloads.

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