The former Sri Lankan will be expected to take Mumbai Indians to another title in upcoming seasons    Getty Images
The former Sri Lankan will be expected to take Mumbai Indians to another title in upcoming seasons Getty Images

Former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene was appointed the head coach of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI). The 39-year-old, who replaced Ricky Ponting, played for Delhi Daredevils (DD), Kings XI Punjab KXIP) and now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala (KTT) in the cash-rich league. Ponting spent four seasons with the team, the last two as full time head coach. Jayawardene has rich experience in limited-overs cricket, having being part of the ICC World T20 2014 Sri Lankan squad who won the tournament in that edition and led his nation to the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. ALSO READ: Marvan Atapattu, Mahela Jayawardene become first to retire out in a Test match

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“I am very excited by the appointment and glad that the Mumbai Indians management appreciated my presentation and ideas. I am looking forward to working with a really talented squad, all the support staff, and the owners to help strengthen the two-time IPL champions,” said the former Sri Lankan.

“Mumbai Indians have the most passionate fan base in the IPL and I have always been wowed by the amazing support the team gets at Wankhede Stadium. In what is a new chapter in my career, I will be striving hard to bring them more on-field success and joy,” added Jayawardene.

Jayawardene will soon be traveling to Mumbai to conduct a detailed meeting with the club management and to take charge of his new office.