Is Presence of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting 'Harming' Mumbai Indians? Wonders Dean Jones

Sachin Tendulkar is a Mumbai Indians icon while Ricky Ponting has recently been roped in as a team consultant. NDTV expert Dean Jones feels the defending champions may not need so many 'brains' in the team management.

updated: May 03, 2014 10:11 IST
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New Delhi: The presence of several legends in the Mumbai Indians squad is proving counter-productive, according to NDTV cricket expert Dean Jones. Defending champions Mumbai Indians crashed to their fifth straight Indian Premier League defeat in Dubai on Wednesday night. Mumbai are the only team not to score a point in the first leg of the tournament in United Arab Emirates. (Also Read: Rohit Sharma Expects Mumbai to Rise Above The Ashes)

Mumbai Indians have several luminaries in their team, each one a legend in his own right. While the retired Sachin Tendulkar is the team's icon, Mumbai Indians recently roped in former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting as a consultant. While former New Zealand skipper and Team India coach John Wright is the team's chief coach, South African Jonty Rhodes and former India skipper Anil Kumble are also part of the team management. Such a heavyweight non-playing line-up has not been of great help to the team, feels Jones.

Speaking to NDTV after Mumbai lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs on Wednesday, Jones said: "Are the players worried about so many legends around them that they are afraid to take their own decisions on the field? It's great to have leadership, Sachin, Ponting, Wright ... all the greats are there, but is it too much?"

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