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On Thursday, when he was picked by Mumbai Indians at the IPL players’ auction, the last name to go under the hammer in Chennai, the iconic Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar’s nascent cricketing career had a major fillip. Arjun thanked the coaches, owners, and the support staff for demonstrating faith in him after being bought by the Mumbai outfit.
Arjun was bought for Rs 20 lakh, which was his base price, by Mumbai Indians, a franchise for which his father not only played but also took up mentorship of young people. It was hardly surprising given that, for the past two-three seasons, he has been a net bowler for the franchise.
A ballboy in Wankhede before the stadium, supporting the bowler last season, wrote MI. The Blue Heart, the first-time team player. This is the time for a show, Arjun! ”
“I would like to thank the coaches, owners, and the support staff for showing faith in me,” Arjun said in a video shared by the franchise.
"I would like to thank the coaches, owners and the support staff for showing faith in me." 🙌💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 18, 2021
The 21-year-old recently made his senior Mumbai team debut as he played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the national T20 championship, against Haryana.
Mahela Jayawardene, head coach of the Mumbai Indians, stressed that Arjun picked the franchise purely on skills.
So, I think it’s going to be Arjun’s learning process, he just started playing for Mumbai, and now with the franchise, so he’s going to learn the ropes, he’s going to evolve, he’s still young but he’s a very focused young man, so you’ve got to give him some time and hopefully not put a lot of pressure on him either.
Zaheer Khan, Mumbai Indians Cricket Operations Director and former India speedster, said the junior Tendulkar was keen on learning and was a hard-working kid.
As far as I’m concerned, yes, I spent a lot of time on the net with him, working with him, trying to teach him a few tricks of the trade, and it went well.
Akash Ambani, owner of Mumbai Indians, said the budding pacer has a “beautiful” skill set. …Arjun has a beautiful skill set, he’s a fast bowler left-arm and can bat left-arm, there aren’t many in world cricket, but it’s very important that his process and progression take place as the progressions of any other young cricketer take place.
So far, Mumbai’s left-handed batsman and left-arm pacer have played two matches in the T20 format for Mumbai, scoring three runs and taking two wickets. After playing age-group cricket tournaments, he went up through the ranks and has also featured in the T20 Mumbai League.