Mumbai Indians sprang a surprise when they appointed Ponting to lead the side in the upcoming IPL 6 tournament due to begin on April 3, 2013. The team was originally to be led by Sachin Tendulkar. The decision to name the Australian legend as captain was made jointly by the team’s new mentor, Anil Kumble, and Sachin Tendulkar himself.
Kumble said that Ponting’s experience as Australia captain was a factor in the decision that would allow Sachin to focus on his batting without being hindered by the burden of captaincy. Ponting reacted to the news by stating that it was a huge honour and thanked Mrs Ambani and Mumbai Indians for the faith they had reposed in his abilities. Ponting added that Mumbai Indians had a potent combination of Indian and international cricketers and that he looked forward to leading the team to play to its full potential.
Mumbai Indians’ owner Nita Ambani welcoming Ponting to skipper the side said that in Sachin and Ricky, Mumbai Indians had two of the biggest cricketing greats and she was sure the duo woiuld be an inspiration for the yongsters in the team. She added that while sachin would always be integral to the leadership of the side, Ponting would bring fresh perspective to leading the team and would have the complete support of the “best cricketing minds like Sachion, Anil and John Wright”.
Mumbai Indians bought Ponting for his base price of $400,000 in the IPL auction held recently.
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