Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar expressed his delight over his son Arjun getting 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.
Standing at 6ft 1inch, Arjun is a left-arm pacer and can extract late swing. He is also a handy lower-middle-order batsman.
“We are happy on Arjun being selected in India U-19 team. It is an important milestone in his cricketing life. Anjali (Tendulkar) and I will always support Arjun in his choices and pray for his success,” Tendulkar said.
Meanwhile, Arjun could not find a place in the one-day squad which will play five matches against the Island nation. Tendulkar junior has been grabbing the headlines for quite some time now.
The youngster, who trains at the indoor academy at Lord’s, 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.
The 18-year old impressed for the Mumbai U-19 in Cooch Behar Trophy last season. Arujun ended the tournament with 18 wickets at an average of 25.22, which also included two five-wicket hauls and one four-for.
Early this year, Arjun 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. He scored 48 off 27 balls before picking up four wickets in four overs.