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After an impressive transfer from the Gujarat Titans, Hardik Pandya is set to assume the role of captain for the Mumbai Indians in the upcoming IPL 2024, succeeding Rohit Sharma after his remarkable decade-long captaincy. Leading the most successful team in the Indian Premier League’s history poses a significant challenge for Pandya. Taking over from Rohit Sharma, who had a stellar run, will require Pandya to step into large shoes as he prepares for the highly anticipated cricket event. As Hardik Pandya and his team gear up to vie for the trophy, let’s reflect on the previous captains who have steered the Mumbai Indians’ ship.
Mumbai Indians (MI) Captains from 2008 to 2024
|2008 – 2011
|2008 – 2012
|2013 – 2023
|2014 – 2021
Sachin Tendulkar (2008-2011)
In the 2008 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Sachin Tendulkar assumed the role of the inaugural captain for Mumbai Indians (MI). Despite possessing a squad brimming with exceptional talent, the team encountered challenges in establishing its momentum, concluding the season at the bottom of the points table. Despite this initial setback, noticeable progress was evident in 2009 as they secured the sixth position. The turning point transpired in 2010 when Mumbai Indians hit their stride, clinching victory in their first five games and making it to the playoffs for the first time under Tendulkar’s leadership.
During Tendulkar’s tenure as captain, pivotal contributions came from key players such as Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, and Ambati Rayudu.
During the third season, the Mumbai Indians performed admirably in the league stage, clinching the leading position in the points table. Sachin Tendulkar emerged as a standout performer in the batting department. Unfortunately, their playoff campaign concluded with a loss to CSK, who subsequently secured their second title.
Harbhajan Singh (2008-2012)
Taking on the leadership responsibilities in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh assumed the captaincy role and eventually succeeded him in 2011. While captaining the team during the 2012 IPL Eliminator, Harbhajan Singh handed over the captain’s duties before guiding MI to their inaugural trophy in the Champions League Twenty20.
Shaun Pollock (2008)
After Harbhajan Singh’s suspension for slapping S Sreesanth during a match against Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2008, Mumbai Indians appointed the esteemed South African cricketer Shaun Pollock as their captain. Pollock led the team exceptionally well, guiding them to victory in all six matches under his captaincy. However, when Sachin Tendulkar returned from his injury, he resumed the captaincy responsibilities.
Dwayne Bravo (2010)
From 2008 to 2010, the West Indies all-rounder played for Mumbai Indians in the initial three seasons of the Indian Premier League. However, in the IPL 2011, he switched sides and joined the rival team, Chennai Super Kings. During 2010 season, Dwayne Bravo had the opportunity to captain Mumbai Indians in a single game when Sachin Tendulkar was unavailable. This made him the first-ever West Indian to lead a team in the IPL.
Ricky Ponting (2013)
During the 2013 IPL auction, Mumbai Indians acquired the services of Ricky Ponting, the ex-captain of the Australian cricket team, for a sum of INR 2.12 crore. Despite earlier rumors suggesting Sachin Tendulkar might resume captaincy, Ponting took charge and became the fifth captain for MI. However, his leadership stint was short-lived as he resigned midway through the 2013 season, having led the team to three victories and an equal number of defeats.
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Rohit Sharma (2013-2023)
MI experienced a pivotal moment in 2013 when Rohit Sharma assumed the captaincy from Ponting. Sharma’s leadership swiftly yielded success as Mumbai Indians secured their inaugural IPL title by overcoming CSK. Although Harbhajan Singh had previously led Mumbai Indians to their first Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) title in 2011, under Rohit Sharma’s guidance, they secured their second. Notably, Mumbai Indians reached another milestone by becoming the inaugural team to claim the CLT20 trophy for the second time.
Mumbai Indians, under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, maintained their victorious run by clinching trophies in 2015 and 2017. In 2019, they achieved their fourth title, becoming the inaugural team to attain three IPL championships. Despite the global challenges faced in 2020, Rohit Sharma’s captaincy propelled Mumbai Indians to their fifth title, solidifying their status as the most successful team in IPL history.
Kieron Pollard (2014 – 2021)
Kieron Pollard, a prominent West Indies all-rounder, has played a crucial role in the success of the Mumbai Indians team over the years. He holds the record for being the most-capped foreign player for the franchise and is second only to Rohit Sharma in terms of overall appearances. In the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, Pollard was entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Mumbai Indians during the IPL 2020 season. He first captained MI during the CLT20 2014. His success rate as Mumbai Indians captain in IPL is around 80%.
Suryakumar Yadav (2023)
Suryakumar Yadav was given the charge of Mumbai Indians in 2023 when the full-time skipper Rohit Sharma was unwell. The prominent batter led the Men in Blue and Gold to a victory in that match against KKR.
Hardik Pandya (2024)
Hardik Pandya has been appointed as the captain of Mumbai Indians (MI) for the IPL 2024. He was traded from Gujarat Titans in all cash deal. The All-rounder has led his previous team, Gujarat Titans, to the victory in IPL 2022 followed by the runners up positions in IPL 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
The current captain of Mumbai Indians is Hardik Pandya.
Under the leadership of Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians has won the title in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Mumbai Indians appointed Hardik Pandya as the captain as a part of future planning and legacy building of the franchise.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first captain of Mumbai Indians.