Arjun Tendulkar at IPL 2021 Auction: Ever since he registered himself for the Indian Premier League’s Player Auction for the first time, Arjun Tendulkar has been one of the talking points. It has fitted, in a way, that the auction. The son of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, being bought by Mumbai Indians at which he entered the IPL 2021 auction for Rs. 20 lakhs (US $27,539). Twitterati rakes-up 'Napotism' after Tendulkar's son lands in MI at IPL 2021 auctions on Thursday (February 18).
"I would like to thank the coaches, owners, and the support staff for showing faith in me," Arjun Tendulkar shares his thoughts on joining the reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI).
Meanwhile, Arjun Tendulkar became the last player to be auctioned on Thursday, joining the team his father used to play from 2008 to 2013. However, Mumbai Indians' bid for the young all-rounder did not come as a surprise for a section of Twitter.
Having made his debut for Mumbai during the last month’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) and having been associated with Mumbai Indians - a team that’s synonymous with his father - as a net bowler for a long time, it didn’t come as a surprise that the defending champion snapped the lanky left-arm pacer who is no muck with the bat.
Zaheer Khan, MI’s director of cricket operations said that the experience of staying with the franchise will do a world of good to Arjun “He was part of this squad when we went to Abu Dhabi last IPL. So he has spent enough time with us,” Zaheer said.
Mahela Jayawardene, the head coach of MI, stated that Arjun was picked, based on his skills. Former Sri Lankan cricketer reckons that though there will be pressure of surname on Arjun, his father would be proud of him. Jayawardene said that since Arjun is focussed on his career, he’s going to evolve with the passage of time.
“We’ve looked at it purely on a skill basis. I mean, there is going to be a big tag on his head because of Sachin. But, luckily, he’s a bowler, not a batsman. So I think Sachin will be very proud if he could bowl like Arjun,” Jayawardene was quoted said Jayawardene.
Arjun Tendulkar raised his stakes by hammering a 77 off 31 balls and then returning with 3/41 for MIG Cricket Club in the 73rd Police Invitation Shield tournament earlier in February 2020. He made his Under-19 debut for India in the Youth Test Series against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2018. Arjun has also played for the Mumbai Under-19, Under-16, and Under-14 teams in the past. During the 2017-18 Cooch Behar Trophy, Arjun picked 19 wickets in 5 matches including two five-wicket hauls as well.