Arjun Tendulkar, the son of the Indian cricket nice, joined the Indian Premier League (IPL) bandwagon after being picked by Mumbai Indians for ₹20 lakh – his base worth – on the 2021 public sale on Thursday.
The 21-year-old is a left-arm quick bowler who not too long ago made his debut for Mumbai within the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 event the place he scalped a few wickets.
On the public sale in Chennai, Arjun was the final participant to go beneath the hammer. Regardless that this can be his official entry as a participant into the IPL, he has had stints with Mumbai Indians as a web bowler and even travelled with the staff to the United Arab Emirates for the 2020 season as one.
Zaheer Khan, the previous India pacer and Mumbai Indians director of cricket operations, has seen the teenager since his childhood and believes Arjun must show himself.
“I’ve spent lots of time within the nets, attempting to show him a number of methods of the commerce. He’s a hard-working child. He’s eager on studying. That’s an thrilling half. The added strain of being Sachin Tendulkar’s son will at all times be on him. It’s one thing he must reside with. The atmosphere of the staff will assist him,” Zaheer mentioned after the public sale.
“It would assist him grow to be a very good cricketer. What number of instances a teenager will get picked within the public sale and everyone seems to be speaking about him. He has to show himself and he has to indicate everybody he has the products,” the previous India worldwide added.
Conversant in the setup, Arjun has a lot to show within the franchise, which his father additionally represented and is a mentor for. The staff’s proprietor, Akash Ambani, too was excited along with his selection. “Arjun has a phenomenal skill-set, he’s a left-arm quick bowler and may bat left-arm, there usually are not a lot of these in world cricket. However it is vitally vital that his course of and development occurs as some other younger cricketer’s progressions occur and happily at MI, we assist people attain their potential. It’s all on their laborious work, however we imagine we have now the atmosphere to do this, and hopefully, we are able to see Arjun attain his potential within the coming years, like many different children with out taking names have,” Ambani mentioned.
Having performed with Tendulkar, MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene felt it was vital to offer him time to evolve. “We checked out it purely on a talent foundation and there’s going to be a giant tag on his head due to Sachin, however fortunately he’s a bowler and never a batsman. So, Sachin can be very proud if he might bowl like Arjun,” Jayawardene mentioned.
“It’s going to be a studying course of. He simply began enjoying for Mumbai and for the franchise, so he’ll study the ropes. He’ll evolve – he’s nonetheless younger, however a really targeted younger man. You must give him time and never put strain on him. Simply let him evolve and work his means up,” the Sri Lankan mentioned.
Regardless that he missed out on making Mumbai’s Vijay Hazare Trophy squad every week earlier than the IPL 2021 public sale, Arjun smashed an unbeaten 31-ball 77 within the 73rd Police Invitation Protect Cricket event. The all-rounder additionally scalped three wickets as MIG Cricket Membership received the sport by a giant margin of 194 runs.