Australia's two-time World Cup-winning captain Ricky Ponting was appointed head coach of Mumbai Indians replacing John Wright. The two season IPL player accepted this opportunity ahead of IPL8 season.
Ricky Ponting is one of the most successful player cum captain given two world cups to Australia. He was joined as consultant in MI team during IPL7 time. Prior to this he assoiciated with Mumbai team during IPL6 season as player and captain. The team management had included Anil Kumble in diversifying their interest to other games in the country. the present coach John Wright stepping down to join his hands with MI management team in scouting new talent to the team.