One of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time is Sachin Tendulkar. The Mumbai batsman took the world by storm during his long and illustrious cricketing career and created a legacy that will never be forgotten. It has been close to four years since Sachin announced his retirement but his son is showing all the prodigious talent that his father displayed back in the day. His son Arjun Tendulkar is working hard on improving his cricketing skills and so far he has impressed one and all.
“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,” a source close to Tendulkar
Arjun impressed the English batsmen:
One of the places where players dream of performing well is Lord’s, which is considered the Mecca of cricket. During an Ashes series a few years back, the English were practising at the ground when Sachin put in a request to the English coach to allow his son to bowl at the nets.
The coach agreed and Arjun Tendulkar bowled a few left-arm seamers to the English batsmen. They were apparently very impressed with Arjun ability and even Wasim Akram admitted that his enthusiasm and spirit were in the right place. Akram also said that he was teaching the young Arjuna few tricks to help sharpen his left-arm pace skill.
One of the occasions, Arjun hit England’s wicketkeeper-batsman with a brilliant yorker. This news created a storm on social networking websites and Arjun was at the top of trending list.
Glenn McGrath called Arjun “as passionate as his father”
Former Australian cricketer and one of the best fast bowlers in the history of the game, Glenn McGrath observed Arjun’s game at the MRF Pace Academy and also at a camp organised by Maharashtra Cricket Associations in Mumbai. This is what he said:
“When you have a name like Tendulkar, those are pretty big shoes to fill. Whether he (Arjun) is looking to be a fast bowler more than a batsman (I don’t know),” he told India Today.
“We will wait and see. But if he has the love and passion for the game that Sachin had, he will be a winner,” McGrath said.
He made it to the Mumbai Under-16 squad:
The above performances were not unnoticed by those who matter in the upper echelons of Mumbai Cricket. The impression that Arjun formed in the minds of the selectors was one of a hardworking and talented cricketer and he was rewarded for that.
He was picked in the Mumbai Under-16 squad as an all-rounder as he can also bowl some decent left-arm seam. This innate talent of both batting and bowling fast makes him a rarity in the team and Arjun looks like he is on the path to success.