Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) have made a new signing for the IPL 2024. The winners of the inaugural edition of the league have roped in former Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond as their new assistant bowling coach.
Shane Bond last week parted ways with Mumbai Indians and he immediately joined Rajasthan Royals. The former New Zealand pacer had a long stint with five-time champions and had great success with the team, playing an instrumental role in their success.
Shane Bond joined Mumbai Indians in 2015 and under him team won 4 titles. His tenure saw the team turning young pacers into big superstars. He played a staggering role in shaping Jasprit Bumrah and many other pacers.
Rajasthan Royals would be hoping for him to make a similar kind of impact in the team and take them to glory. Shane Bond, who is considered as one of the greats of the game, will be working with the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini, Sandeep Sharma, Kuldeep Sen, Obed McCoy, KM Asif and Kuldip Yadav.
Rajasthan Royals didn’t have a great outing in the IPL 2023 as they didn’t qualify for the playoffs. They started the tournament on high as they won consecutive games in the first half. But after that, nothing went their way. They would be hoping to change things in IPL 2024.
IPL 2024: Mumbai Indians rope in Lasith Malinga as their bowling coach
As Mumbai Indians parted ways with Shane Bond, they acquired the services of Lasith Malinga and made the official announcement. The former Sri Lanka pacer ironically served as bowling coach of Rajasthan Royals for the last seasons and him coming to Mumbai and Bond going o Rajasthan looks like a sort of trade.
Lasith Malinga has been the internal part of the Mumbai Indians. He played a player for them till 2021 and is their leading wicket-taker in the IPL. However, this time he will be coaching the team. He did a similar job in 2019 as well when he was their mentor but came back to play in 2020.