Sachin Tendulkar has decided to hand over the captaincy of Mumbai Indians in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League to off spinner Harbhajan Singh.
“Sachin Tendulkar in discussion with the management of Mumbai Indians has decided to hand over the responsibilities of captaining Mumbai Indians in fifth season of the Indian Premier League to ace off spinner Harbhajan Singh,” a press release issued by Mumbai Indians stated.
Commenting on the decision, Sachin Tendulkar said, “The Mumbai Indians is more than a team. It is like a family to me. At this point of time, I feel I need a break from the responsibility of captaincy of the Mumbai Indians.
“After due consideration, I discussed my intention to hand over the Captainship of the team to Harbhajan Singh, with Mukeshbhai and Nitabhabhi.
“I was touched by the graciousness and wholehearted support they offered me while emphasising that they would accept any decision which helps me to continue enjoying the game.
“Harbhajan will have my wholehearted support as the senior most player in the team.”
Nita Ambani of Mumbai Indians said, “It was a very difficult moment when Sachin expressed his desire to relinquish the captaincy.
“But we believe that Sachin is the best judge on such matters and hence, as always, we fully support his decision.
“I have learnt a lot during the last three seasons working with Sachin closely. Sachin is the soul of Mumbai Indians, and I am sure he will guide Bhajii as he takes on the responsibility of captaining Mumbai Indians.”
The newly appointed captain of Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan Singh said, “Sachin Paaji spoke to me about his decision to of wanting me to take over the responsibility of the team.
“It is huge honour and I thank Paaji and Nita Bhabhi for the faith reposed in my abilities. Mumbai Indians is a great team with explosive talent and promising youngsters.
“I am committed to do the very best and look forward to leading the team to play to its full potential during the season.”
Mumbai Indians plays its first match of Season 2012 on April 4, 2012 in Chennai.