Sachin Tendulkar was named captain and icon player of Mumbai Indians, the highest-priced side owned by the Reliance Group of Companies, ahead of the inaugural IPL. The team had some turbo-charged players like Jayasuriya, Shaun Pollock, Harbhajan and Malinga. The side, however, failed to deliver on its promise in the inaugural competition, despite some memorable performances like that of the young all-rounder Abhishek Nayar.
The second season opened with two new names for the side – Zaheer Khan, who was brought in from Royal Challengers Bangalore, and batsman Shikhar Dhawan from Delhi. JP Duminy, the South African powerhouse, was roped in, fresh from his success in Australia. But the side could not quite make it even this time round, bowing out of the competition before the semis. IPL’s third season might just see a rejuvenated Mumbai Indians side going for the kill.