Jayawardene succeeds Ponting as Mumbai Indians Head Coach

Former Sri Lankan captain and stylish batsman Mahela Jayawardene has succeeded Australian Ricky Ponting as Head Coach of IPL team Mumbai Indians for the 2017 season.

Mahela Jayawardene will replace Ricky Ponting.   -  Reuters

Former Sri Lankan captain and stylish batsman Mahela Jayawardene has succeeded Australian Ricky Ponting as Head Coach of IPL team Mumbai Indians for the 2017 season. A press release from MI said Ponting’s two-year contract is nearing completion. Jayawardene scored a brilliant century against India in the ICC Cricket World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium.

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Jayawardene has featured in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab, Kerala Tuskers and Delhi Daredevils. "I am very excited by the appointment and glad that the MI management has 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. MI 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," said Jayawardene through an MI release.

Mrs.Nita Ambani of MI said: "Jayawardene is an astute figure in the modern era of cricket. He is a perfect role-model for the young MI squad. I am sure our global fans, who have always believed in the team and expects the best will welcome Mahela to our MI family."