IPL 2012 April 2, 2012

Tendulkar steps down as Mumbai Indians captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar has stepped down as Mumbai Indians captain ahead of the IPL 2012 season-opener against Chennai. Harbhajan Singh, who was Tendulkar's deputy, has been appointed captain by the franchise after Tendulkar cited needing a "break'' in leadership duties as the reason.

"Sachin Tendulkar, in discussion with the management of Mumbai Indians, has decided to hand over the responsibilities of captaining Mumbai Indians in season five of the IPL to ace offspinner Harbhajan Singh," a media release from the franchise stated.

Tendulkar said that he had discussed the matter with the owners of the franchise before taking the decision. "At this point of time, I feel I need a break from the responsibility of captaincy of the Mumbai Indians," Tendulkar was quoted as saying in the release. "After due consideration, I discussed my intention to hand over the captaincy of the team to Harbhajan Singh, with Mukeshbhai [Ambani] and Nitabhabhi."

In the four years Tendulkar was at helm, the best result Mumbai achieved was in the 2010 edition of the tournament, when they finished as runners-up to Chennai Super Kings.

Harbhajan, who led Mumbai to the Champions League T20 title last year, was the automatic choice to take over the leadership mantle. Incidentally, Tendulkar sat on the bench through that victorious campaign, as he was recuperating from a toe injury he picked up during the England tour last August.

Though Harbhajan's bowling form has been patchy, he has found success as a captain. After leading Mumbai Indians to the Champions League title, he led the India Green team in the Challenger Trophy, top-scoring for his side in the tied final and picking up 3 for 37. Recently, he led Punjab Twenty20 side to the final of Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy, which they lost to Baroda.

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  • Arun on April 5, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    289 aganist Bangladesh, if Our bowlers cant defend 289 against Bangladesh why do we need bowlers better have part time bowlers who can do that job in the same way..After loosing every one can say a 30+ will help us.. The Highest run scored against Bangladesh Bowling in Asia Cup was 289 and was made by India...Every one in every team struggled against Bangladesh bowling even the inform Kohli....Even if we had 320 against Bangladesh we will lose as we have great bowling line up in world..

  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    @Die_Hard_Indian: first you realise the fact, sachin is a great performer but not a perfect leader.. Dada started his captaincy with the same team & convert that into a competetive one . Sachin could manage his own skills only , he don't have the ability to findout others talent & also he don't have any idea to utilise that..we should accept that . sachin was Great player & Dada was the Great captain Ever...

  • Faisal on April 4, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Tendulkar should retire.

  • Manish on April 4, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    peeople saying sachin selfish and timid....listen..he has captained the worst Indian team India ever produced in the 90's...the team was so pathetic that whenever he made a century team got to a respectable total..sachin made 120-130..team total around 250..that was the situation...if not agree check stats....as far as dhoni is concerned he is just a lucky captain...who everytime runs to sachin for advice..sachin dravid gauti veeru virat zaheer bhajji has brought him to the palce where he is today...also bhajji wil return to team India soon...bcoz Ashwin is just an IPL material not for international cricket

  • Sarat on April 4, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Hi AsherCA ...... 100% i igree with you....

  • Kay on April 3, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    of course he quit as captain! :) cant lead a team to save a life so obviously he needed a 'break' so that he wont be seen (at least in india) for the joke that he is.

  • Nadeem on April 3, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    @AaryaVrat : Yes Sachin has become bigger than cricket it self. He is ICON and he can decide when to play and when not to play. there are fewever people in history of all sports that are more famous than Sachin. He is king of cricket and you got to admit that. King make their own decisions whether you like it or not. Have fun.

  • Muthuvel on April 3, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    how does an someone like bhaji make a good captain ? but yeah he might be a better bet han ashwin for indian team spot.

  • Chetan on April 3, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Some good news for MI finally. Hope we see the end of Selfish Sachin (who shamelessly batted India to defeat against Bangladesh to just get his own 100) soon ! He has extracted his price from the prestige of Indian Cricket, I am praying that he retires quickly - before genuine Indian Cricket fans start praying for some damage to him (just to keep the shameless guy out of team India). With the media, Srikanth & Srinivasan all being Sachin's slaves, Dhoni is not allowed to give non-performing passenger in the Indian Cricket team -Selfish Sachin a kick on his you-know-what for not performing.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    now sachin can bat with full freedom... mi will rock in ipl 2012.... the main problem mi gona have is selection of final 11.... 1 sachin 2 blizard/ levi / gibbs 3 rohith 4 yadav / rayudu 5 karthick 6 pollard 7 franklin / perera 8 harbajan 9 ojha/ munaf 10 nechim / rp /kulkarni 11 malinga / johnson.....

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