IPL 2013 news February 2, 2013

Tendulkar takes over Mumbai Indians captaincy

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Aditya 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 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

  • Tanmay 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.

  • Sherjil 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.

  • Sriram 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!

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

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

  • joseph 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 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....

  • gnanavelu 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 on February 3, 2013, 8:19 GMT

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

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