The news that the cricket fraternity has been waiting for weeks is finally out. Neither Sachin Tendulkar nor Rohit Sharma will captain Mumbai Indians in the upcoming Indian Premier League. Ricky Ponting, who is still scoring a lot of runs for Tasmania in the RYOBI Cup domestic tournament in Australia, will be skipper.
Mumbai Indians, in consultation with their newly appointed chief mentor Anil Kumble, head coach John Wright along with icon player Tendulkar decided on Thursday that the former Australian skipper was the best man for the job. Mumbai bought Ponting at the IPL auctions at his base price of $400,000. Ponting, who has quit international cricket, has played for Kolkata Knight Riders before.
Kumble said, "Ricky has a lot of experience to lead a competitive and a high-profile side like Mumbai Indians in the IPL. Sachin readily agreed to my suggestion that Mumbai Indians is best served when he leads the batting unburdened by the rigours of captaincy. It was our idea (Sachin and mine) to bring in Ricky as the captain of the Mumbai Indians."
Ponting, on his new role in the team, said, "It's a huge honor and I thank Mrs (Nita) Ambani and the Mumbai Indians management for the faith they have reposed in my abilities. Mumbai Indians have the potent combination of Indian and international cricketers and I look forward to leading the team to play to its full potential."
Nita Ambani said, "On behalf of the Mumbai Indians family, I welcome Ponting to the team as the leader of the side. Today we have world's two biggest cricketing greats in Sachin and Ricky, and I am sure the duo will be an inspiration for the youngsters in the team. Sachin will always be an integral and important part of Mumbai Indians' leadership. Ricky will bring in fresh perspective in the team leadership and will have the support of the best cricketing minds like Sachin, Anil and John Wright."
Mumbai Indians will start their IPL 2013 campaign on April 4 in Bangalore.