The Mumbai Indians have confirmed that Sachin Tendulkar has relinquished the captaincy and handed the role to off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan captained the side during the opening season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) when Tendulkar was unavailable due to injury and now takes over full-time.
Tendulkar, who recently became the first man to score 100 international centuries, has decided he needs a break from leading the side.
Just two days before Mumbai play reigning champions the Chennai Super Kings in the tournament's opening match, 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."
Harbhajan added: "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."
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