IPL 2013 news February 2, 2013

Tendulkar takes over Mumbai Indians captaincy

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Sachin Tendulkar will return as the Mumbai Indians captain for the sixth edition of the IPL, which will commence on April 3. Tendulkar, who will turn 40 during the course of IPL 6, had given up the Mumbai franchise's captaincy after IPL 2011 and his India team-mate, Harbhajan Singh, had taken over.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Tendulkar agreed to lead the team this year after Harbhajan, who had captained the franchise owned by the Reliance Industries Ltd in the Champions League 2011 and IPL 2012, expressed his inability to continue in the role.

The development on the eve of the player auction puts to rest all speculation that Mumbai Indians are likely to go all out for Ricky Ponting or Michael Clarke during Sunday's auction, as a captaincy candidate.

Tendulkar, who missed the first seven games of IPL's inaugural edition due to injury, was at Mumbai Indians' helm since its inception. After he passed on the reins to Harbhajan, Mumbai Indians won their maiden title when they claimed the Champions League T20 title in 2011. In IPL 2012, under Harbhajan, Mumbai Indians made it to the knockouts where they lost to Chennai Super Kings in the Eliminator.

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  • phatakaditya on February 5, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    MI is not the striongest team on paper as said by few.its RCB who seems to be really strong on paper.Just becz we r mumbaikars we feel so like that

  • uday__kiran on February 4, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    As always MI is the strongest team on the paper and in the league stage & CSK is the toughest team to beat.. With sachin as the captain for MI,it will increase more pressure on master's batting and he passes his pressure to his bowlers also

  • tanstell87 on February 4, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    @CricketMaan - realy after injury sidelined him in IPL 1 & 2...under his captaincy MI made final in IPL 3 winning 11 out of 14 league games.

  • SherjilIslam on February 4, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    It's more of an emotional decision rather than tactical one as this may be the last IPL season for Sachin. So MI owners and think-tank providing him the last opportunity to have a go at IPL crown which is still missing in his feather.

  • CricketMaan on February 4, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Bad news for MI fans. He ain't skipper material and one and all knows about it, but he is gonna bring in the kind of money that will make MI owners smile, so still all is well!

  • Paddy789 on February 4, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Ponting shud be made captain now that he is in the team...

  • joseyesu on February 4, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    MI are weak with Sachin and Harabajan. They have exp, but it does not counts too much in T20.

  • Aju.Nair on February 4, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the best player to lead MI. His experience will surely help MI. I dont know why people comment against Sachin's captaincy. Every people have good and bad times.. Everyone can mark my word's - "This Year MI is going to lift the cup under Sachin's captaincy.".. I can bet on this.. :)..Ponting will be available through out this year IPL..They got Hughes,Oram,Maxwell as well.....So far everything is good for MI....

  • gnanzcupid on February 3, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    captaincy does add more pressure on the little master. Some young chaps could have been given a chance to lead based on their performances. Ricky would not have been a bad option. I read the person who wrote this article say harbhajan expressed his inability to lead the team. Harbhajan is a liability in the team according to me. He is no longer a force that he was once in international cricket helped massively by kumble at the other end. He should have retired when kumble retired. He is a liability in punjab team too.

  • CHARLI.K on February 3, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    I think dinesh karthick is good for mumbai He's also good captain for tamil nadu

  • phatakaditya on February 5, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    MI is not the striongest team on paper as said by few.its RCB who seems to be really strong on paper.Just becz we r mumbaikars we feel so like that

  • uday__kiran on February 4, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    As always MI is the strongest team on the paper and in the league stage & CSK is the toughest team to beat.. With sachin as the captain for MI,it will increase more pressure on master's batting and he passes his pressure to his bowlers also

  • tanstell87 on February 4, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    @CricketMaan - realy after injury sidelined him in IPL 1 & 2...under his captaincy MI made final in IPL 3 winning 11 out of 14 league games.

  • SherjilIslam on February 4, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    It's more of an emotional decision rather than tactical one as this may be the last IPL season for Sachin. So MI owners and think-tank providing him the last opportunity to have a go at IPL crown which is still missing in his feather.

  • CricketMaan on February 4, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Bad news for MI fans. He ain't skipper material and one and all knows about it, but he is gonna bring in the kind of money that will make MI owners smile, so still all is well!

  • Paddy789 on February 4, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Ponting shud be made captain now that he is in the team...

  • joseyesu on February 4, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    MI are weak with Sachin and Harabajan. They have exp, but it does not counts too much in T20.

  • Aju.Nair on February 4, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar is the best player to lead MI. His experience will surely help MI. I dont know why people comment against Sachin's captaincy. Every people have good and bad times.. Everyone can mark my word's - "This Year MI is going to lift the cup under Sachin's captaincy.".. I can bet on this.. :)..Ponting will be available through out this year IPL..They got Hughes,Oram,Maxwell as well.....So far everything is good for MI....

  • gnanzcupid on February 3, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    captaincy does add more pressure on the little master. Some young chaps could have been given a chance to lead based on their performances. Ricky would not have been a bad option. I read the person who wrote this article say harbhajan expressed his inability to lead the team. Harbhajan is a liability in the team according to me. He is no longer a force that he was once in international cricket helped massively by kumble at the other end. He should have retired when kumble retired. He is a liability in punjab team too.

  • CHARLI.K on February 3, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    I think dinesh karthick is good for mumbai He's also good captain for tamil nadu

  • on February 3, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    I cant understand why the MI selecters choosing Sachin as A captain again &again. Bhajji done verwell winning Champions Trophy for MI. Sachin is a no doubt a great batsman, but he no where near to be good captain. Wheather its Test level or any other. And atall it is not nessessory that a best batsman can be best captain also. Plus he is now running 39. It is all pssibilities he may not be fit enough to play all IPL matches. So why again Sachin as captain ? Let him play hs free game. If not Bhajji then there us another powerful name in MI. Rohit Sharma. He already lead India A against Aussie ans SA in their last India trip. Plus personally I watched him as a captain in this years few Ranji matches for Mumbai when Ajit was not fit. He has reasonabally well as a captain. He scored over 700 runs in 7 matches out of which he captauned 3 matches. So it is always better to handover captainsy to a fresh youg blood rather than Sachin. Rohit is agressive. Plus he has sufficient IPL experience.

  • D.Sharma on February 3, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Oh well, there goes Mumbai's chance of winning the tournament.

  • cnksnk on February 3, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    So this year we have only 8 teams that have a reasonable shot at winning. With Tendulkar's record as captain, MI have effectively removed themselves from a shot at the title.

  • nareshgb1 on February 3, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    Ajit Agarkar should be Mumbai captain in all forms.

  • mngc1 on February 3, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    The slow starts by MI top order in 2012 cost dearly. Sending in Pollard when the score is 30 after 8 overs is a total waste and limits the scoring capacity to 140 or less - a losing score. He should be in at #3 or at worst #4. The strike rate for the top 6 should all be above 120 to have a chance.

  • here2rock on February 3, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    Tendulkar is a rubbish captain!

  • StarHawk on February 2, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    @xylo, there is a reason why Clarke doesn't play T20 for Australia & also struggled for Pune last season. Also, we know how well Ponting played for KKR in the first couple of seasons..he was a total failure! Even though Tendulkar might not be the best captain around, he's the best option at the moment. Having a foreign captain like Clarke or Ponting, both unproven in this format is not a good thing, because that means they will have to play them in the XI, even if they're not in form. They might want to bid for Clarke as a batsman though, to strengthen their top order.

  • Selfishkar on February 2, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    MI needs to drop Tendulkar and Harbajan if the wish to get to finals.

  • binu.emiliya on February 2, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Mumbai Indians signed two Indian Upcoming all rounders to warm their benches! Rishi & Jalaj you are not going to get any matches SuryaKumar yadav also not going to play any game.I was eagrly waiting to see these two players playing but it was like last year i was looking to watch how Chirag Jani (KKR) and Biplab Samantrey(DD)..

  • xylo on February 2, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    The weakest link for MI has been their captaincy, and it continues to be so. If they had any realization of what is going wrong, they would have bought Ponting/Clarke who are excellent batsmen. Now, this would be another season of what-if.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 2, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    With all due respect, I am sick and tired of Tendulkar playing cricket. He's old for any format of the game, more so for T20. Unless he consistently scores 30s and 40s at the top for Mumbai, he's a waste of time.

  • Ghilli_da on February 2, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Good decision... If Bhajji captains the team, MI will be at last in the fare play table..

  • StarHawk on February 2, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    my XI: Tendulkar (c), Smith, Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard, Karthik (wk), Johnson, Harbhajan, Malinga, Ojha, Munaf.

    Its a well balanced line up with Tendulkar, Rohit & Rayudu bringing stability and Smith, Pollard, Karthik & Johnson providing the fireworks...also this line up gives them 5 genuine bowling options

  • SagirParkar on February 2, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    i will wish Mumbai all the best.. but with Sachin as captain, i doubt they will go to the finals.. the likes of Pollard and other overseas players are the guys who have mostly done it for them and this season too it will be a similar story..

  • BrianPinto on February 2, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    My MI XI : SRT, Tare (wk), Rohit, SuryaKumar Yadav (Watch out for him), Pollard, Rayadu, D Smith, Mitch Johnson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Malinga, Ojha Get rid of Harbhajan, Kartik, Robin Singh, Rahul Sanghvi.

  • sudep9946 on February 2, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    buy Abhishiek nayar mumbai boy great season with bat and best for the middle order slot

  • vrn59 on February 2, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    I've always liked the Mumbai team, but there are some kinks in their lineup that they still need to fix. The bowling attack looks settled, with Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel and Pragyan Ojha. Sachin Tendulkar (C) will open of course and the batting lineup is sure to comprise of Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Dinesh Karthik (wk). An opening partner for Tendulkar and a middle-order player (batsman or allrounder) must now be picked. Both of them could possibly be foreign players. Perhaps James Franklin could bat at 6, considering his recent form for NZ. If MI do buy Ricky Ponting, it will be a great sight to see two modern-day greats open the innings together.

  • Bruisers on February 2, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Best XI - Smith, Tendulkar (c), Rohit, Rayudu, Karthik (wk), Pollard, Saxena, Dhawan, Johnson, Ojha, Malinga.......... Harbhajan and Munaf should be sacked for their unsportive on-field aggression.

  • sidzy on February 2, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    I think Mumbai needs to buy Punter to a dream opening partnership....

  • QingdaoXI on February 2, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Mumbai Indians this Year should Open with Tare and Tendulkar, Rayudu @3, Rohit@4, Kartik@5, Polly@6, Franklin@7, Johnson@8, Harbhajan@ 9, Kulkarni@10, Malinga@11. or if possible buy good foreign middle order batsmen.

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  • QingdaoXI on February 2, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Mumbai Indians this Year should Open with Tare and Tendulkar, Rayudu @3, Rohit@4, Kartik@5, Polly@6, Franklin@7, Johnson@8, Harbhajan@ 9, Kulkarni@10, Malinga@11. or if possible buy good foreign middle order batsmen.

  • sidzy on February 2, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    I think Mumbai needs to buy Punter to a dream opening partnership....

  • Bruisers on February 2, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Best XI - Smith, Tendulkar (c), Rohit, Rayudu, Karthik (wk), Pollard, Saxena, Dhawan, Johnson, Ojha, Malinga.......... Harbhajan and Munaf should be sacked for their unsportive on-field aggression.

  • vrn59 on February 2, 2013, 16:24 GMT

    I've always liked the Mumbai team, but there are some kinks in their lineup that they still need to fix. The bowling attack looks settled, with Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel and Pragyan Ojha. Sachin Tendulkar (C) will open of course and the batting lineup is sure to comprise of Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Dinesh Karthik (wk). An opening partner for Tendulkar and a middle-order player (batsman or allrounder) must now be picked. Both of them could possibly be foreign players. Perhaps James Franklin could bat at 6, considering his recent form for NZ. If MI do buy Ricky Ponting, it will be a great sight to see two modern-day greats open the innings together.

  • sudep9946 on February 2, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    buy Abhishiek nayar mumbai boy great season with bat and best for the middle order slot

  • BrianPinto on February 2, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    My MI XI : SRT, Tare (wk), Rohit, SuryaKumar Yadav (Watch out for him), Pollard, Rayadu, D Smith, Mitch Johnson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Malinga, Ojha Get rid of Harbhajan, Kartik, Robin Singh, Rahul Sanghvi.

  • SagirParkar on February 2, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    i will wish Mumbai all the best.. but with Sachin as captain, i doubt they will go to the finals.. the likes of Pollard and other overseas players are the guys who have mostly done it for them and this season too it will be a similar story..

  • StarHawk on February 2, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    my XI: Tendulkar (c), Smith, Rohit, Rayudu, Pollard, Karthik (wk), Johnson, Harbhajan, Malinga, Ojha, Munaf.

    Its a well balanced line up with Tendulkar, Rohit & Rayudu bringing stability and Smith, Pollard, Karthik & Johnson providing the fireworks...also this line up gives them 5 genuine bowling options

  • Ghilli_da on February 2, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Good decision... If Bhajji captains the team, MI will be at last in the fare play table..

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 2, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    With all due respect, I am sick and tired of Tendulkar playing cricket. He's old for any format of the game, more so for T20. Unless he consistently scores 30s and 40s at the top for Mumbai, he's a waste of time.