Rumours of nepotism and a prominent hereditary surname are more considerable pressures than the game itself. Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has slowly edged his second-born, Arjun Tendulkar, towards the cricketing pitch, only because of the child’s passion for the game.
Arjun will have to work very hard to walk away from all the gossip with his head held high. The only saving grace being he is a bowler, unlike his father. The boy seems determined, calmly training, playing, and proving his worth as a left-arm pacer, one India has been missing since Zaheer Khan’s retirement in 2014.
Unlike his father, who was refused a game at the pitch for his small stature, the tall 6’3 lad is making the most of the best guidance and resources he is entitled to. Under the guidance of expert coach Atul Gaikwad, Arjun is working wonders on this bowling action. He has almost perfected the curved run-up and the outswinger’s action. He has also trained under Subroto Banerjee. The fast bowler is also a note-worthy lower-middle-order batsman. Arjun aims to be an all-rounder, but his strength remains in fast bowling.
Arjun has been regularly seen bowling in the nets to the Indian team players, gaining substantial experience. He has been a regular fixture playing for Mumbai at the U-19 level, which he debuted in 2018 for a Youth Test series against Sri Lanka, picking his maiden wicket.
The U-19 T20 has Arjun playing six matches for Mumbai, bowling six innings, and he scored a total of 104 runs with a strike rate of 123.81. He bowled 103 balls, giving away 154 runs and bagging five wickets.
Arjun Tendulkar made his senior debut for the Mumbai squad in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy vs Haryana on January 15. The 73rd Police Invitation, Shield Cricket tournament, witnessed Arjun smash an unbeaten 77 off 31 balls, including eight sixes and five fours. He also scalped three wickets, hogging the limelight and becoming a serious consideration for the IPL 2021.
Mumbai Indians bought the promising all-rounder in the mini-auction before IPL 2021. He was picked up at a base price of 20 lakh INR on February 18th. Part of the final squad now, Arjun Tendulkar will be playing along with Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter Nile, Adam Milne, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, and Marco Jansen.
The owners, coach, and squad of Mumbai Indians and BCCI are clear that Arjun Tendulkar has only been included in the team purely for his promising cricketing abilities. It's time to watch out for what Arjun Tendulkar offers for team India in the future.