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Arjun Tendulkar. Image Credits: Twitter

Mumbai Indians (MI) bowler Arjun Tendulkar may be on the verge of attaining his maiden cap in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the team’s final game of the IPL 2022 season against the Delhi Capitals (DC) on Saturday.

MI has already been knocked out of the season and they are set to finish at the bottom of the points table. With one game left in their disastrous season, the best outcome they can hope for is unearthing new talent.

Arjun, son of former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, may be tested as he is one of the 3 players (other two – Aryan Juyal, Rahul Buddhi) out of 24 to not have featured in a single game for the 5-time champions this season.

Arjun Tendulkar
Arjun Tendulkar. Image-Twitter.

Ahead of Saturday’s matchup which will decide the team to go through in fourth place, Arjun posted a video of his bowling in the nets where he is seen causing the batters some trouble.

“Why not?” – Ravi Shastri on whether MI should give Arjun Tendulkar a go

Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri felt that MI have nothing to lose and they may as well give Arjun a go against the DC team, who is desperate to win the game and make it to the playoffs.

Why not? I have seen him in the nets. The Tendulkar name is a big name and he has very big boots to fill. But he bowls ‘theek thaak’ (decent), swings the new ball into the batters, and is tall so gets the bounce too.”

Sachin and Arjun Tendulkar. PHoto- Twitter
Sachin and Arjun Tendulkar. PHoto- Twitter

So why not? If they have lost 11 matches then why does it matter? If they give Arjun a chance and if he does well in his first match it’s good for the future,” Shastri told ESPNcricinfo.

Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals, and Lucknow Super Giants have all qualified and the remaining spot is up for grabs. If DC wins, they go through but if they lose, RCB will snatch the fourth place.

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