His two stints as IndiaÃÂs Test captain have been anything but memorable, and the over-riding image of Sachin Tendulkar is that of being one of the greatest batsmen of all time but not a very strong leader. However, he looked forward to his latest assignment as captain of the Mumbai Indians with undisguised eagerness. Unfortunately, he had to miss the first half of the tournament because of injury, but even from the sidelines he could be seen urging his teammates on.
When he finally took charge, Mumbai Indians did not seem to have a realistic chance of making the semifinals, having lost four and won three. But Tendulkar has always been a source of guidance and inspiration, and soon his team was challenging strongly for a place in the last four enjoying a run of six straight victories.
However, a limp ending to the campaign saw them just lose out to Delhi Daredevils. TendulkarÃÂs problem was that the bowlers with the exception of Shaun Pollock were profligate while the batting was over dependent on Sanath Jayasuriya. The ban on Harbhajan Singh meant that Mumbai Indians were always going to be a quality bowler short and most of the batsmen including the highly rated Robin Uthappa and Tendulkar himself found the going tough.
Text: Partab Ramchand
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