Arjun Tendulkar, son of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, has taken his first big step towards realising his dream of playing cricket at the highest level when he made his debut for Mumbai’s senior team in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The left-arm pacer made his debut in the tournament during the game against Haryana on Friday (January 15).
Arjun Tendulkar started well with the ball and gave Mumbai the early breakthrough by dismissing Haryana opener Chaitnya Bishnoi. However, he could not build on the fine start and eventually finished the game by conceding 34 runs off three overs as Mumbai lost the game by eight wickets. The defeat was Mumbai’s third in a row and dumped them out of the race for the quarterfinals.
While it was not a debut to remember for Arjun Tendulkar, it has served a big purpose. Playing the match has made him eligible to register himself in the upcoming IPL auction for the very first time. Given the paucity of left-arm pacers in the domestic circuit, Arjun Tendulkar might land his maiden IPL contract in the coming days. Last year, he was with the Mumbai Indians camp in the UAE during IPL 2020.
The young pacer has been also seen bowling to big names in the nets on several occasions. In 2016, he had bowled at Team India players in the nets in Mumbai as the team prepared to face New Zealand. He had also bowled to England and had injured Jonny Bairstow with a yorker.
Meanwhile, the IPL franchises have been told to finalise their list of the retained players by January 20. The auction for IPL 2021 is likely to be held in February.
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