MI Cape Town’s bowling coach, the legendary Lasith Malinga, is keeping the faith in South African sensation Dewald Brevis, despite the young batsman facing a challenging start to the SA20 2024 season. Brevis has managed scores of 5, 5, and 8 in the first three games, but Malinga is confident that the talented player will soon turn the tide.
In his recent column for MI Cape Town, Malinga expressed his unwavering support for Brevis, stating, “I am still waiting for Brevis. He is a genuine match-winner. I’m still waiting…still waiting. He’s the guy who can create a huge impact for us.”
Malinga, who shares a rich history with Kieron Pollard from their time together at the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, is thrilled to have Pollard’s experience leading MI Cape Town this season. Speaking on Pollard’s leadership, Malinga said, “Pollard is a highly experienced player in T20s. He is a calm guy, he analyzes the game well. With Mumbai Indians, he would handle pressure situations very well while batting. He is really happy, and we are very happy for him.”
Initially drafted in as a replacement for Rashid Khan, Pollard was later appointed captain for the season due to Khan’s absence following back surgery.
Malinga also expressed his delight at the impressive form of MI Cape Town’s opening duo, Ryan Rickelton and Rassie van der Dussen. Rickelton leads the run-scorers’ list with 243 runs from three games, while Van der Dussen follows closely with 169 runs from three matches. Malinga remarked, “This is the first time I am seeing this kind of consistent performances in T20s from the openers in the first six overs. I am hoping both Rassie and Ryan can do the same in the future matches as well.”
As MI Cape Town stands fourth in the SA20 2024 points table with one win from three games, their next challenge is against the Paarl Royals at Newlands, Cape Town, on Friday, January 19. Malinga and the entire team are optimistic about turning the tide in their favor as they continue their journey in the competition.
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