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IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals appoint Lasith Malinga as fast bowling coach ahead of upcoming season

IPL 2022: Lasith Malinga makes a return to the Indian Premier League in a new role.

Rajasthan Royals roped in the services of former Sri Lanka speedster Lasith Malinga as the franchise’s fast bowling coach ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. Malinga, who had been one of the key figures for the Mumbai Indians during his playing career, had retired from the game last year. The stint with the Royals would be Malinga’s maiden role as a coach in the tournament.

“*kisses the ball* Lasith Malinga. IPL. Pink,” wrote Royals, sharing a creative graphic denoting Malinga’s appointment as the fast-bowling coach.

Malinga is currently the highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL, with 170 wickets to his name in 122 matches. The 38-year-old is one of the very few players who represented only one franchise in the tournament; in Malinga’s case, Mumbai. The pacer won five IPL titles with Mumbai Indians and played an instrumental role in each of franchise’s title-winning campaigns.

Widely regarded as one of the most destructive fast bowlers during his playing days, Malinga will be working with the likes of Navdeep Saini and Prasidh Krishna among India bowlers, as well as New Zealand’s leading pacer Trent Boult and West Indies’ Obed McCoy at the Rajasthan Royals.

IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals appoint Lasith Malinga as fast bowli

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Rajasthan Royals will begin their campaign in IPL 2022 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 29. The side will be led by Sanju Samson, who was one of the three players retained by the side ahead of the mega auction in February (the others being Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal).

In the IPL mega auction, RR roped in the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal to bolster their spin-bowling attack, and spent a hefty sum on overseas cricketers like Shimron Hetmyer, Rassie van der Dussen, Jimmy Neesham, and Daryl Mitchell, among others.

IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals full fixtures, timings, venues, dates

RR IPL Schedule 2022: Rajasthan Royals, captained by Sanju Samson, will begin their tournament against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 29. Here is all you need to know about RR’s complete fixtures list, match timings, venues, and dates for the upcoming Indian Premier League season.

IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals appoint Lasith Malinga as fast bowli

IPL’s inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals will commence their Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) season against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 29 at the MCA Stadium in Pune. RR, led by Sanju Samson, would look to gain early momentum in the tournament by getting off a victorious start against IPL 2016 champions, SRH, led by Kane Williamson.

Rajasthan Royals are slotted in Group A and will take on their fellow group members Mumbai Indians, Lucknow Super Giants, Delhi Capitals, and Kolkata Knight Riders two times each. They will also play their Group B counterparts Royal Challengers Bangalore twice apart from facing the remaining teams from the group once.

Let’s take a look at their group stage schedule for IPL 2022:

Match 1, March 29: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals at MCA Stadium in Pune at 7:30 PM IST

Match 2, April 2,IPL 2022:  Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals at D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai at 3:30 PM IST

Match 3, April 5,IPL 2022: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST

Match 4, April 10: Rajasthan Royals vs Lucknow Super Giants at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST

Match 5, April 14: Rajasthan Royals vs Gujarat Titans at D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST

Match 6, April 18: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders at Brabourne Stadium- CCI in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST

Match 7, April 22: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals at MCA Stadium in Pune at 7:30 PM IST

Match 8, April 26: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals at MCA Stadium in Pune at 7:30 PM ISTMatch 9, April 30: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians at D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST

Match 10, May 2: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST

Match 11, May 7: Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 3:30 PM IST

Match 12, May 11: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals at D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST

Match 13, May 15: Lucknow Super Giants vs Rajasthan Royals at Brabourne Stadium- CCI in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST

Match 14, May 20: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings at Brabourne Stadium- CCI in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST

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