Another month of December in the family of Tendulkar became a source of joy. In December 1986, at the age of 15, Sachin Tendulkar was selected for the Mumbai Ranji Trophy. After 33 years, Sachin’s son Arjun Tendulkar has a chance in the same team. Tendulkar said goodbye to cricket as a legend eight years ago. At present, 22-year-old Arjun is happy to be able to take his place in first-class cricket. His legendary father is also rejoicing.
Arjun is not a full-fledged batsman like his father. He can also bat with a left-arm pacer. It is a dream to be established as an all-rounder. Earlier this year, Mumbai Indians got a chance in the IPL for Rs 20 lakh. However, he did not play a single match. Then he dropped out due to injury.
Arjun also played two matches for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. This time, getting a chance in Ranji’s Mumbai team will be an important step for him to become a great cricketer. Arjun toured Sri Lanka in 2016 for the India U-19 team. He played two youth Tests there.
Arjun must have the shadow of a legendary father. There will be pressure of expectation. Sachin Tendulkar holds almost all the possible and impossible records of cricket. He has scored 100 centuries for the country. Won the World Cup. The expectation from the son of such a father that it will be a skyscraper it goes without saying.
“Unfortunately Tushar Deshpande, our seamer, is injured but it’s a promising team. It’s a mixed team where we have picked players from under-19 and also who have been part of the Mumbai team for a few years.” Ankola added.
The former fast bowler expressed confidence in the young players, who have been given an opportunity after performing well in the junior circuit.
“Unfortunately due to the pandemic, red-ball cricket couldn’t take place last year but we have tried to cover all areas. There are a few young players like Prince Badiani, who did well in under 19 for us. We wanted to promote them and see how they do on the big stage. What we have seen is the players coming from under 19 have performed for the senior men team too. We are hopeful that the team will do well going ahead,” Ankola added.
Mumbai will being their campaign against Maharashtra on January 13 and both their matches are in Kolkata as this year the tournament is being played in neutral venues.
“Arjun (Tendulkar) has been bowling well, unfortunately, he was injured in between but he did well in whatever games he played thereafter. We have picked a team looking at the future of Mumbai cricket. Unfortunately Tushar Deshpande, our seamer, is injured but it’s a promising team. It’s a mixed team where we have picked players from under-19 and also who have been part of the Mumbai team for a few years.” Ankola told.