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Milne replaces injured Cummins at Mumbai Indians

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Mumbai Indians have brought in New Zealand fast bowler Adam Milne as a replacement for the injured Pat Cummins, who was ruled out of the season and did not arrive in India. Milne will join Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman and former New Zealand team-mate Mitchell McClenaghan in Mumbai’s pace attack.

Though neither the IPL nor the franchise had announced Milne having joined the team, he has already linked up with the Mumbai squad and trained ahead of the side’s third game, against Delhi Daredevils, at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. Milne had played five IPL matches across two previous seasons – 2016 and 2017 – for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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At Mumbai, Milne will also be working under bowling coach Shane Bond, his idol while growing up and with whom he had worked with when Bond was New Zealand’s bowling coach. Milne has played 70 T20s so far and taken 83 wickets with economy rate of 7.77; he’s also had good form for Central Districts on the domestic circuit in New Zealand.

He is Mumbai’s second replacement fast bowler after McClenaghan was drafted in for Australia’s Jason Behrendorff, who was also ruled out with an injury.

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