Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar will lead Mumbai Indians in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL).
According to IPL sources, Tendulkar will take over from Harbhajan Singh as the captain of the side, which effectively would mean the end of Michael Clarke's chances to lead one of the most popular frachises.
Tendulkar, who missed the first seven games of IPL's inaugural edition due to injury, was at Mumbai Indians' helm since its inception.
In IPL 2012, under Harbhajan, Mumbai Indians made it to the knockouts where they lost to Chennai Super Kings in the Eliminator.
There were a lot of speculations about Clarke taking over the mantle of captaincy as the team didn't have a leader of repute but once Tendulkar agreed to don the role, put to rest all the speculations regarding any chances that Clarke had whatsoever.
Tendulkar, who had recently retired from the ODIs, would ideally like to win the IPL Trophy having achieved almost all the other major milestones including World Cup, No 1 ranking in Test matches and 100 international hundreds.
Tendulkar captained the team for the first four seasons before giving up the captaincy. Harbhajan, who took over from Tendulkar in 2011 and led Mumbai Indians to Champions League victory in the same year, quit the leadership role earlier in the week.
Mumbai Indians reached the final of IPL in 2010 under the captaincy of Tendulkar.
This is one of the recent developments in the team after Anil Kumble was appointed as team mentor last month.
(with inputs from PTI)
First Published: February 2, 2013, 8:36 pm