When you are Sachin Tendulkar’s son all your performances are under the scanner, and Arjun Tendulkar is experiencing the same. Not just your performances even your activities outside am cricket ground are monitored closely.
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In a recent build up, Arjun Tendulkar has withdrawn out of the upcoming Mumbai T20 league. The reason for the decision made is that the youngster is still working on his remodeled action due to which he feels he under-prepared.
The 18-year-old made a decision only after consulting his father, Sachin Tendulkar who had the same opinion that his son was a little under-prepared.
Tendulkar has been roped in as the brand ambassador of the T20 League which will take place from March 11 to 21.
Arjun’s withdrawal has come as huge for the league organizers as uncertainty surrounds the participation of star players like Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur and Rohit Sharma.
A source close to the youngster said:
“His body has grown very quickly in the last couple of years – you can see the difference in his growth almost every couple of months, and perhaps as a result of that, has suffered two back-to-back stress fractures, which saw him ruled out for almost a year. He’s gone through a lot. Every ball of his is monitored by his coach Atul Gaikwad, a Pune based-coach-cum-bio-mechanist, who has been working closely on his bowling action.”
“From January 8, Arjun has been working on his bowling action. This is the time to do it since the season has just finished. Right now, he’s at a stage where he’s looking to remodel his action. He was slightly confused that would he have bowled with a new action or stick to the old one, if he had played, and consulted his father about it. He felt that it would be too soon to bowl with a remodelled action because he hadn’t even started bowling properly (with the new action).”
“Tendulkar advised that if he wasn’t ready to compete, then he shouldn’t play in the league. The batting great felt that the tournament was a stage for him to perform, and not rectify his action. For him, it was important that Arjun takes one step at a time, and plays only when he’s confident about his new action. Arjun is, after all, just 18, and has a long way to go. He then informed the MCA officials today about it.”
“It was a big decision, since he had a good season (he picked up two five-wicket hauls and a four-for in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy). Tendulkar himself is satisfied with his progress,”