Sunday, April 21 2013.

Mumbai Indians took on Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the sixth season of the Indian Premier League in their fifth match of the campaign. Batting first, they made 161/4 thanks to half-centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma. But look closely at the scoreboard and the biggest takeaway was that six batsmen batted for MI and none of them were named Ricky Ponting, their captain. Mumbai went on to lose the match by nine wickets and that would be the last time the Australian legend captained the MI side. For the next match, Ponting dropped himself out of the team due to poor form and the mantle was set to be passed on.

Wednesday, April 24 2013.

It was Sachin Tendulkar’s birthday. A special day across the country, usually. The venue was Eden Gardens, one that would go on to become Rohit Sharma’s favourite. And it is on that day that he walked out for the toss for the first time as Mumbai Indians captain. The result? A win against Gautam Gambhir’s defending champions in what was a significant moment in Indian cricket history.

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