Mumbai: He's the best in his trade. He has scaled Mt 11k in Tests and Mt 16k in ODIs. He has a galore of batting records to his name. He has admirers beyond the geographical and sporting boundaries. He is demi-god in sub-continent. And when he walks out to the middle a nation of one billion people comes to a standstill. But this time around, he aims to do things a bit differently.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, who"s part of Mukesh Ambani"s Mumbai team for IPL, will be active off the field, playing a strategic role for the $111.9-million Mumbai side.
The batting maestro will be the consultant and the key thinker on team strategies and the operational functioning of the Mumbai team, The Economic Times said quoting the RIL sources.
It"s still unclear whether Sachin will take the field. But if sources are to be believed, Sachin may become the non-playing captain of Mumbai.
Sachin has been in talks with Mukesh and his team for a while now, and is giving crucial inputs on how the Mumbai brand should be built.
The IPL panel has given Sachin an Icon Player status and will be paying him 15% more than the top player of the Mumbai Twenty20 team.
Sachin, apart from his player fees, will also be given some kind of equity or at least a profit-sharing in the team. The stake in the Mumbai team will ensure he gets a fixed fee on an annual basis, plus a variable component, depending on the money made by the team, sources claim.
It goes without saying that Sachin will also be the face and the champion mascot of the Mumbai team, and will be the brand ambassador across all advertising and marketing promotions that will come up closer to the matches.