Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the captain of the Mumbai Indians team for the sixth edition of IPL which starts from April 3. Ponting retired from international cricket at the end of 2012. During the auction that took place last month he was bought at the base price of USD 400,000. After Harbhajan Singh, who captained the team last year, resigned last month, it was thought that Sachin Tendulkar would be reappointed as the captain. But the Mumbai Indians think-tank has chosen Ponting over Sachin. Ponting as the skipper for the forthcoming season was taken after consultation with its newly-appointed chief mentor Anil Kumble, head coach John Wright and icon player Sachin Tendulkar.
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 his suggestion that Mumbai Indians is best served when he leads the batting unburdened by the rigours of captaincy. On his new role in the Mumbai Indians team, it’s a huge honour and ponting thank Mrs Ambani and the Mumbai Indians management for the faith they have reposed in my abilities. 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 has the potent combination of Indian and international cricketers and he look forward to leading the team to play to its full potential. Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani added, On behalf of the Mumbai Indians family, he welcome Ricky Ponting to the team as the leader of the side. Today they have world’s two biggest cricketing greats in Sachin and Ricky, and he was sure the duo will be an inspiration for the youngsters in the team.