Calcutta: Defending champions Mumbai Indians on Wednesday named Sachin Tendulkar as their “icon” ahead of the seventh Indian Premier League.
“We are very happy to have Sachin as the Mumbai Indians icon. I am sure the youngsters in the team will be delighted to have him around for guidance, and so would be the Mumbai Indians fans,” team owner Nita Ambani said in a media release.
Tendulkar was icon player of the Mumbai Indians since the first edition in 2008.
It was learnt that the legend will be an integral part of the side and will travel with the players during IPL VII. He will also sit in the team dugout during matches.
“He will share his experiences with the team… Officially, he will not be part of the coaching team, but he will be helping out the players during nets… He’s been a source of inspiration for the team. You never know, he could even take part in a few practice matches,” said a team spokesman.
Sachin, too, was delighted with his new role.
“I have been a part of the Mumbai Indians team since its inception and am delighted to continue my association. This season with Mumbai Indians will be a different experience for me and I look forward to closely interacting with the experienced support staff and sharing my learning with the exciting youngsters in the team,” said Sachin.
Sachin has also expressed his keen desire to be a part of the Mumbai Indians’ ‘Education For All’ initiative.