The Indian cricketing fraternity has been buzzing since Thursday after the announcements of squads for the Under-19 team’s tour of Sri Lanka.
And why not? After all five years after bidding an emotional goodbye to the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, another Tendulkar has arrived on the scene.
And he is none other than Arjun Tendulkar, son of the former India batsman. Arjun earned his maiden call from the India U-19 team. The 18-year old got picked for the four-day matches that India will play against Sri Lanka. Arjun, however, could not find a place in the one-day squad which will play five matches against the Island nation.
Well, ever since the news broke out, people have started speculating whether Arjun would go on to replicate his father’s scarcely-believable feats on the field.
And well, the first step towards is representing the nation in the biggest tournament which for him is the Under-19 World Cup at the moment.
But unfortunately, by the time the next edition of the competition is played in 2020, Arjun will not be eligible because of his age. It is a big setback for the youngster, as it would have given him an opportunity to test himself against some of the finest youngsters across the globe.
But then again, Arjun has the luxury which very few of his peers enjoy. Tendulkar junior has always enjoyed the international exposure. The youngster trains at the indoor academy at Lord’s and has bowled to Indian and English teams in the nets.
Last year, he landed a yorker on Jonny Bairstow’s toe to give him an injury scare ahead of the South Africa Tests. He also bowled to the India women’s team ahead of their World Cup final against England at Lord’s last year.
Coming to his cricketing exploits, he earned the call after his impressive performance for Mumbai U-19 team.
Arjun made a significant mark for the Mumbai U-19 in Cooch Behar Trophy last season. He ended the tournament with 18 wickets at an average of 25.22, which also included two five-wicket hauls and one four-for.
Earlier this year, he made headlines after his brilliant debut in the Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge in Australia.
Playing for Cricketer’s Club of India (CCI) against Hong Kong Cricket Club (HKC) in a T20 match, he delivered an impressive all-round show. Arjun scored 48 off 27 balls before picking up four wickets in four overs.