IPL 2012 April 2, 2012

Tendulkar steps down as Mumbai Indians captain

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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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  • Mynameisarun 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..

  • 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...

  • FRRR on April 4, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Tendulkar should retire.

  • Die_Hard_Indian 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_643 on April 4, 2012, 7:23 GMT

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

  • Kays789 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.

  • Nadeem1976 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.

  • Vilander 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.

  • AsherCA 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.

  • 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.....

  • Mynameisarun 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..

  • 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...

  • FRRR on April 4, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Tendulkar should retire.

  • Die_Hard_Indian 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_643 on April 4, 2012, 7:23 GMT

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

  • Kays789 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.

  • Nadeem1976 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.

  • Vilander 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.

  • AsherCA 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.

  • 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.....

  • ROHANV19951995 on April 3, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Now Mumbai top order is unstoppable!! Levi-----aah.....what r we talking abt..... Sachin----Free from 100th 100 responsibility, captaincy, is in end of career, no tension of performing well unlike today's youngsters...thats what we need in T20 cricket..Infact..sachin is better choice for a youngster in this format coz he is da only one who can play totally tension-free!!!!

    Talking of finishers....pollard, bhajji, malinga, rohit, franklin/perara will play a great role to make use of the start given by 2 openers.......

    Bowling line up is much btr this year....ojha,rp,bhajji,malinga,munaf can crumble any batting order!!!

    So Mumbai have all chance of winning this IPL!! So, Go MI go!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 3, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    @karthik666 - Errr, he took a five-wicket haul against them in their only game last year.

  • on April 3, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    I would still pick bhajji ahead of Mr. Dhoni's fav child - Ashwin... People talked about Bhajji not picking up wickets. Well i dont see Ashwin doing that either. And talking about his fielding and running between the wickets skills, well i dont wanna waste my time on it. About batting, the first thing he does is get across the stumps and try and hit the middle stump ball to fine leg... A total overrated cricketer he is...

  • AaryaVrat on April 3, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    I wonder Sachin has become bigger than cricket that he can decide when to take a break from the playing 11 (he chooses which series to play, like he did for Asia cup), he can decide when to take a break from captaincy. Remember he has not stepped down from MI captaincy, he has just taken a break and will come back whenver he likes. He might have made all the records and I appreciate him for that but cannot be bigger than nation or cricket and all players should be treated at par.

  • Ram-i on April 3, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Sachin is a great batsman..period. That's all he ever was, he was not doing well as Indian captain and gave up, same to MI team as well and w.r.t Bhajji - i dint realize he was playing cricket at all, last i heard he was participating in Ring ka King (indian wwe) and was about to wrestle with Sonjay Dutt..So if Bhajji himself is not working to earn his place back, why blame the selectors.MI is over hyped, they want to buy all players for the name only, now with too many big hitters they will almost always make a mess of the playing XI. Too many unwanted people as Malinga,Pollard, Levi will select themselves leaving place for who? Gibbs,Franklin and a host of others. Make smart buys not big buys.

  • androyuvi on April 3, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    if bahjji was not made the captain, then someone could have replaced him if he performs bad.. now its a win win situation for both sachin(who struggles captaincy) and bhajji(who doesnt seem to perform well).. this wil ensure there is no WIN in match results.. unlucky MI.. GO CSK!! GO DHONI!! GO ASHWIN!!

  • on April 3, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    This is a great news for all MI fans.. So, IPL5 will be belongs to MI for sure.

  • on April 3, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @deepak_sholapurkar because he did not get an appointment to talk to Mukeshbhai and Neetabhabhi till then.Apart from himself he thinks only about people like them and not about the team's performance/team mates.sorry..cricinfo please publish

  • ramli on April 3, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    So... Bhajji is back ... to create more controversies than performances ... to put up an act rather than doing the job of taking wickets ... let him perform in Ranji .. then let us see ... IPL is just thamaashaa and nothing else ... there is enough talent in spin bowling among the reserves for T20 and ODIs ... good bye

  • on April 3, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Gud 1 sachin....Team should be 1.Sachin 2.Levi 3.Rohit 4.Dinesh 5.Pollard 6.Raydu 7.Franklin 8.Suryakumar 9.harbhajan 10.Munaf 11.Malinga.

  • on April 3, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Congrats Bhajji,Hope to see you back in Team India soon.Fed up of Mr."loose ball" Ashwin.406 Test Wickets is no joke,no matter what certain posters will talk.

  • karthik666 on April 3, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    Lol well said - bhajji cant even demolish a hair of CSK lions... he cant even touch the hair !

  • on April 3, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    He gad taken right decision in the same way sachin has to hang the boots very soon and give the way for youngster.

  • satish619chandar on April 3, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Yes.. Bhajji is doign well in domestic team!! All games, 10 overs, 50+ for one or two tail wicket.. Rahul Sharma easily out performed him.. Of a guy deserves spin spot in national team, it is Rahul.. Ash has been tried but he need to get rid of the short ball syndrome.. I don't see a immediate return for Bhajji unless Rahul, Ash and Ojha were really terrible.. The choice should be between Rahul and Ash for all 3 formats..

  • on April 3, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    @Kavindeven - bhajji cant even demolish a hair of CSK lions...

  • on April 3, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    appy news for me as a cricket fan yesterday ! Sachin quits as captain for the Mumbai Indians! Better late than never ! A great chance for Harbhajan to make a strong comeback ! With a much better line up which has stronger players this time , I hope MI would do well! ♥ Cricket ♥ Life

  • Vivian_Richard on April 3, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @ Brian- That's funny... Hope they don't do that. Sachin's made his call and seems to be a wise decision considering Bhajji's success at the CLT20.

  • timtom on April 3, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    Well done Sachin !!!...Even though a good captain , captaincy was not your forte....Concentrate on batting and pile runs....Wud love to see all DLF T20 records get broken...

  • natasrik on April 3, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    MI, when they won CL20 last yr under Bhajji, he said sachin was inspiring them by sitting in the dressing room. So the moral of the story if MI have to conquer IPL 5, then MI should be better off having sachin in the dressing room rather than in the playing XI.

  • deepak_sholapurkar on April 3, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    If Tendulkar decided to resign from captaincy why just a day before IPL? He should have resigned long back to help the new Captain to take control.

  • Romenevans on April 3, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    I'd like to see Bhajji demolishing CSK and kcikign them out of this IPL circus.

  • rahulcricket007 on April 3, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    WHAT ? BHAJJI IS DOING WELL IN DOMESTIC MATCHES . THEN WHY ISN'T HE IS SELECTED FOR THE NATIONAL TEAM . IT'S TIME TO DROP ASWIN & INCLUDE BHAJJI OR RAHUL SHARMA IN TEAM .

  • pitch_curator on April 3, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    @ ProdigyB -- Deccan Chargers won the IPL in 2009. How many times did MI win the IPL? ZERO.

  • on April 3, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Too much pressure on the master?

  • on April 3, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    tendulkar is pressure free now...he can play much better now...meanwhile bhajji is in much more in pressure now...although he is no more in the indian team,he has to do much better in the tournament to gain his position back in the team.

  • on April 3, 2012, 0:40 GMT

    Now people and media will tie up centuries from T20 with other formats and make a new milestone for SRT. All the hype will then start getting to him again just as he is released from one another will be tied to his neck. Thats what greatness does to you. GOOD LUCK mate.. Hope you enjoy the lull and have fun with your batting before people start beating the drums.

  • ElBeeDubya on April 3, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    Sachin is not only a great batsman but he ONCE AGAIN PROVES that he is ALL ABOUT SACRIFICES FOR THE TEAM by saying that 'I feel I NEED A _BREAK_ FROM THE RESPONSIBILITY of captaincy'. I don't understand why people complain about his captaincy. MI has always been ONE OF THE TOP EIGHT teams on IPL. How many of you have done that?

  • on April 2, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    It's funny how fickle some of these guys writing comments are..For those who think that Sachin is afraid of Dhoni - Let's not forget the also well known fact that Sachin was the one who recommended Dhoni to be made the captain of Indian team after the 2007 world cup debacle and the team was in total disarray. Regards to Harbhajan's ability to lead a team, he has already lead the MI for champions league win and he would definitely lead the team well..

  • niraj13 on April 2, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    People do not realize that Sachin is always under tremendous pressure just because of the ridiculous expectations from fans. He carries that pressure whether he is playing for India or for MI or any other team. If he is given the added responsibility of captaining the side, it is just not humanely possible for anyone to deal with that kind of pressure. Also, Sachin knows that he is not a natural leader and the team would be better off under someone else's leadership. Bhajji proved that he is probably the best leader in the squad and the move will pay off. Wow, wow, wow...people always try to come up with reasons to bash Sachin. No matter what he does, he is always blamed. I guess this guy just cannot do enough to please 'certain' people.

  • on April 2, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Thats good SRT needs to concentrate on his batting..GO BHAJJI

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 2, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    If Mumbai don't win this year's IPL then they might never win it in the future. So many stars in the squad this time. I hope they do justice to their fans and well wishers. Sachin will score some monster runs this season. No pressure or burden on him anymore. He's like a hawk soaring high above in the clouds.

  • niks_glance on April 2, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    sachin tendulkar was never a captain....because of his captaincy Mumbai Indians lost the ipl 3 final. and what i think sachin thought that if he does not win this ipl then people will start making comparisons of his captaincy wid bhajji....so he gave it up to bhajji...its a wise decision. now he'l play even better.

  • ansram on April 2, 2012, 19:37 GMT

    Good move. MI chances of winning goes up by 25%!

  • kamriyas on April 2, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Rohit Sharma or Dinesh Karthik should have made captain. Harbhajan Singh is a total waste of time.

  • ProdigyA on April 2, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    Most floppest team is Chargers. Looks like they are not intested in winning IPL anymore.

  • on April 2, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    So Tendulkar cant handle captaining for 6 weeks. Is it about his own survival for a few more years to cash in maximum.captaing a losing mubai team might put pressure on him to quit

  • on April 2, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Good dicission......great shoul concenrtate on his batting...

  • Poda_Pokkai on April 2, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    mum bye-bye Indians... SEE YES Kings will win

  • on April 2, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Sachin needs a break from captaincy, he makes it sound like he has been captaining the Indian team for months now. He was just waiting for his 100's, he didn't attend Rahul Dravid's appreciation party because of a lame excuse and now he is dropping from captaincy. A captain never leaves his captaincy unless he feels he is unfit to lead and that's what might be the case now, just has too much of pride and doesn't have the balls to admit. There is no doubt in this world he is great cricket and we all respect him but we cant deny that lately Sachin has been behaving awkwardly.

  • Sakthiivel on April 2, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    @Vasanth Ambrose : Let me know when did MI won IPL 4. Dont dream dude, they where not there in the final eve. Its CSK winners and RCB Runners.

  • abiindia on April 2, 2012, 18:33 GMT

    20 years before W V Raman and today H.Singh. both of them sleep in the middle of batting and bowling respectively. not at all sportsmen! they thrives by luck all those years. At least a match should they had played for winning cause! even if winning it should be by the team.

  • on April 2, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Raghavan Raghu you are a funny man...really!!!

  • on April 2, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    i wont surprised,,,,,,,,,,,,,,if MI wins this year title............SINGH is king....

  • Unmesh_cric on April 2, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    I think it's a good decision by Sachin. Bhajji did a good job for MI as a captain in the Champions League.

  • on April 2, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    all those who point sachin captaincy look ur faces in mirror once.....wht sort of wrk have u done 2 ur motherland.....according to me he ia one of the pearl.....of our mother land......

  • on April 2, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    Althogh they have a strong team, this will be reason why they'l fail....first of all,2 many cooks spoil the dish and this decision of a different head chef is going to cost mumbai indians. Good thing is atleast he accepted that he is not a good leader and the stupidest thing is appointing harbajan .

  • RC-XI on April 2, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    SRT realized late and MI should have thought about this even before the start of the first season of IPL. Any way better late than never. Better than Delhi, they still did not realize the fact that Virendar Sehwag is not a captaincy material. MI should have gone with Rohit Sharma, that would have helped indian team as well.

    Compared to other teams MI Indians have few leaders. It might hardly go to top 4.

  • Plz_Dont_Get_Whitewashed on April 2, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    What is IPL ???? .... Why is anyone playing it???? ..... Wish we could go back to the simpler times of just Test and ODIs :)

  • on April 2, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    like Lara Tendulkar is not a true captain...best moves for his team.

  • Cpt.Meanster on April 2, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    With all respect to Tendulkar I think he should become a kind of mentor to the team and not remain a player any more. But I guess he simply LOVES cricket that he wants to play everything. Makes me think Sachin is a kid at heart or more like Peter Pan - the boy who refused to grow up ! :)

  • on April 2, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    hmm Litmus test 4 HARBHAJAN

  • xylo on April 2, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    While it is good that Sachin realized that he is not captaincy material, it is bad that one spot in the XI has been marked for a non-performer.

  • on April 2, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    I totally disagree as harbhajan does not have good captaincy qualities. Some other should have taken.

  • on April 2, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    Good decision...have to agree that Sachin has never been very wily as a captain. But with the bat, he is always a mile ahead of the rest... Just wanna see you bat, bat & bat more :-)

  • Anurag_India on April 2, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @cricsuhail

    Not sure what your beef with Sachin is mate, but that was an ordinary comment aimed at an extraordinary cricketer.

  • on April 2, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    All the best Sachin! I know you quit the captaincy to concentrate on batting...Guys see sachin's extra-oridany batting this IPL..

  • chainsawww on April 2, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    MI will be benefited by the step. Sachin can play freely, Bhajji can boost team as he is a true fighter. I look forward for positive energy in the team. Its always fruitful Sachin controlling things behind the scene. No more extra pressure. Go and win the Trophy. Mumbai Indians boleto Sachin.All the best Sachin.

  • suko99 on April 2, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Who cares that the indian cricket is in trouble. BRING ON THE IPL. indian fans will forget all the recent defeats & start cheering their franchises. players make ton of money . Everybody is happy... yippeeeeee

  • srinivasrao.aare on April 2, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: You seem to me that you are very much negetively obsessed with Sachin and I always tries found that your comments negetive towards SRT. Here SRT being a very good human he is, wants to give away the captaincy in the best interest of his team rather than he does n't want to take responsibility as such.

  • CricEshwar on April 2, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    If Sachin continues, people bash him. If he steps down, the same people bash him. At least Sachin seems to be giving enough pleasure to people by getting bashed.

  • suko99 on April 2, 2012, 16:49 GMT

    Yay......finally Mumbai can think about winning the title. But still the greatest obstacle remains. Sachin T's selfish batting.

  • Srini88 on April 2, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Please let us know when are you going to Retire - From all forms

  • msankar on April 2, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    I dont think Harbhajan will succeed in this IPL. His international career is already over. Hope this will be his last IPL. We dont want to see baji in cricket ground.

  • on April 2, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas SRT captained away tours to SA,WI,AUS from 97-99, it was forced on him after Azhar failed in Eng 96 with the bat. He reluctantly took it again after the WC 99. That ended in the home loss to SA on worst pitches ever seen in India and of course the 'fixing scandal'. He might be poor captain but not timid, You have not seen the 90s it is obvious.you should stick to worshipping Dravid who was the most timid batsman I have ever seen ,took his own time to get runs without bothering the team situation most of the times and even more timid captain (marginally better than MS) - Oval test in 2007 and Mumbai test 2006 vs Eng are prime examples.

  • on April 2, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    @Dravid Gravitas.. Yeah.. Remember 2007 WC first round exit and IPL 2008? Who was the captain? I forgot.. U remember??

  • Street_Hawk on April 2, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    Sachin is doing everything to make sure he wins IPL this year...does that mean he is going to play for one or two more years?

  • on April 2, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    gud news for mi.. bajji lucky as capt..

  • AB99 on April 2, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    He went to London to get the toe "examined" and now drops out of the captaincy. Surely will not play the entire season citing medical reasons. SRT could have ended his career more gracefully. As per his own statement a few days back - this is a purely selfish move .... where the the team never figured for him ...

  • Santosh_for_csk on April 2, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    some guy here has sadi "they won ipl4 with bajis captanincy"..WTH..they won champions league and not ipl4..kno ur facts before commenting...btw, not sure why sachin has taken this decision just 2 days before the start of the tournament..instead of keeping fans guessing abt his participation MI can make it clear if he has bowed out due to injuries..as "break" does not seem a permanent thing..means wud he captain them back next season?..cant understand the logic here....(although being a biggest sachin fan)

  • Harmony111 on April 2, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas:

    Putting it other way, he was a great batsman when he was young and he is a great player even when he has grown old. I can't believe a person who talks of gravitas would use the word timid for Sachin. Btw, didn't Dravid give up the captaincy in 2007?

  • Rens on April 2, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    There is only one meaning to it, he is not going to play all matches! Haters got one more reason to cook up stories... lol..

  • Poda_Pokkai on April 2, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Tendulkar is trying to avoid the ignominious defamation if he failed to win the title. Also, Helping harbajan his fair shot at getting back in the reckoning of national selectors. Tendlya is caught up with mid life crisis :)

    ALL THE BEST!

  • on April 2, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Do whatever makes you enjoy your game Sachin. Who cares you are captain or not. We want to see you play ur natural game. We will support MI from our heart until you are in team. Cheers!!

  • on April 2, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    He is never a good leader, he realized late.

  • cricsuhail on April 2, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    I wonder if Sachin is ready to take a pay cut, now that he has relinquished his responsibility. For sure NOT.

  • on April 2, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Come on, Tendy. Show some grit!

  • on April 2, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Probably SRT is scared of losing the tournament this year under his leadership, as everyone knows that he lacks leadership qualities. Bhajji managed to win the IPL4 without SRT's services last year.Moreover who cares whether SRT will lead the MI team in this year's IPL or not.Mumbai Indians can win the tournament without the services of SRT.

  • soumyas on April 2, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    harbhajan is not a captaincy material, he doesn't even fit in team according to me, he is a shame for Indian cricket who spoiled indian cricketers name all over the world, doesn't know how to behave,no excuses for his false aggression, he can only spoil mumbai indian team. i am really surprised by the fact that Mumbai didn't find any other eligible candidates. sachin really lost his mind after 100th century to make him as captain.

  • on April 2, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    sachin laid a stone for bajji so that he may be return to indian team via his capitancy . . . ! ! !

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 2, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    "At this point of time, I feel I need a break from the responsibility of captaincy". So he needs a break from captaincy when he is young and needs a break from captaincy when he is old. He seems to me, the most timid cricketer India has ever produced.

  • on April 2, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Good for Mumbai..Good luck MI n SACHIN

  • on April 2, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Bad decision by the team management ! Its going to cost them with big big losses.

  • PRAKASAM_PANTHER on April 2, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    kudos sachin,u have been terrific over the past few years as the skipper of mumbai.hoping that u would continue your sublime form in ipl 5

  • kh1902 on April 2, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Good move. He has never been a natural leader, despite being India's greatest ever player. This could also mean that he's going to retire this year after the series against England, since he probably won't play in IPL 6. He no doubt thinks that Harbhajan can lead Mumbai to victory for the first time.

  • loki897 on April 2, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Interesting decision Tendulkar. Play your natural game mate.

  • zico123 on April 2, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    good decision Sachin to give up captaincy in IPL, DHONI should give up wicket keeping and captaincy in IPL as well, to give his mind and body some break

  • on April 2, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    MAY BE HE IS AFRAID TO FACE DHOONI AS A CAPTAIN

  • on April 2, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Makes the Mumbai Indians a more dangerous outfit this year. Tendulkar's captaincy has been the Mumbai Indians' biggest liabiity all these seasons

  • thinktank1 on April 2, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar has inspired every young Indian boy in one way or the other..

  • subbaraogaru on April 2, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Good decision.... Sachin is the greatest playerno questions about that but.. results shows that Tendulkar is not a good captain...I hope this time under Bhajji leadership ..MI will win IPL as they won Champions League T20

  • Avidcricketlover on April 2, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    seems like a injury again !!

  • SRT_211503 on April 2, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Gr8 decision...he should really enjoy his batting without any pressure... All the best SRT...win the orange cap in this IPL too.

  • androyuvi on April 2, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    i didnt expect this from sachin.. harbhajan was given the captaincy, not because he is a good captain, but sachin is a bad captain which he knows by the way.. the quality which i want sachin to have is leading a team from front..

    btw, CSK gonna win IPL 5 too.. \m/

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  • androyuvi on April 2, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    i didnt expect this from sachin.. harbhajan was given the captaincy, not because he is a good captain, but sachin is a bad captain which he knows by the way.. the quality which i want sachin to have is leading a team from front..

    btw, CSK gonna win IPL 5 too.. \m/

  • SRT_211503 on April 2, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    Gr8 decision...he should really enjoy his batting without any pressure... All the best SRT...win the orange cap in this IPL too.

  • Avidcricketlover on April 2, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    seems like a injury again !!

  • subbaraogaru on April 2, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Good decision.... Sachin is the greatest playerno questions about that but.. results shows that Tendulkar is not a good captain...I hope this time under Bhajji leadership ..MI will win IPL as they won Champions League T20

  • thinktank1 on April 2, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar has inspired every young Indian boy in one way or the other..

  • on April 2, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Makes the Mumbai Indians a more dangerous outfit this year. Tendulkar's captaincy has been the Mumbai Indians' biggest liabiity all these seasons

  • on April 2, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    MAY BE HE IS AFRAID TO FACE DHOONI AS A CAPTAIN

  • zico123 on April 2, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    good decision Sachin to give up captaincy in IPL, DHONI should give up wicket keeping and captaincy in IPL as well, to give his mind and body some break

  • loki897 on April 2, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    Interesting decision Tendulkar. Play your natural game mate.

  • kh1902 on April 2, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Good move. He has never been a natural leader, despite being India's greatest ever player. This could also mean that he's going to retire this year after the series against England, since he probably won't play in IPL 6. He no doubt thinks that Harbhajan can lead Mumbai to victory for the first time.