Mumbai Indians have appointed former Australian captain Ricky Ponting as the captain of their side for the sixth season of the Indian Premier League.
Ponting was purchased by the Reliance Industries-owned franchise for his base price of $400,000 during the IPL player auction held earlier this month. The 38-year-old Tasmanian had retired from international cricket in December 2012.
There was intense speculation ahead of the IPL player auction that Sachin Tendulkar would be re-appointed as the captain after Harbhajan Singh resigned from the position.
Mumbai Indians had earlier this year hired a new think-tank comprising of mentor Anil Kumble and coach John Wright.
Commenting on the decision to appoint Ponting as skipper, Anil 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.”
Ricky Ponting, on his new role in the team, said, “It’s a huge honor and I thank Mrs Ambani and the Mumbai Indians management for the faith they have reposed in my abilities.”
Ponting has been in the news recently, first for attracting a fine after showing dissent following a dismissal while representing Tasmania and then for being signed up by Surrey to play two months of cricket for the English county side.
The sixth edition of the Indian Premier League comprises of nine teams and is scheduled to kick off on April 3rd.