Sachin Tendulkar has undoubtedly been the greatest Indian to have played this game. In a mammoth career spanning 24 years, he achieved superstardom like no other. His son Arjun Tendulkar is also a budding prodigious fast bowler.
He has spent some time in England this year practicing in nets. He had a go at Indian women batsmen when they were playing the World Cup. In a net session with England’s Test team, he injured Johnny Bairstow with a toe crushing Yorker.
It is believed that Arjun generates pace of around 130 Kph which is fabulous for a 17-year-old. Arjun is a left arm seam bowler who can bat a bit.
Having his ancestry in England, he is eligible to represent England if he wishes to do so. Arjun, who was interested in football in his childhood before turning to cricket. Sachin says India WT20 win in 2007 was instrumental in developing his interest in cricket.
Unlike his father, Arjun bats left handed and bowl left arm medium pace. He is more a bowler who can swing his willow when required. Arjun’s first big cricketing achievement was a century in MCA U-14 selection trials. Arjun has traveled with his dad on tours of South Africa, Australia, England and other countries.
Being the son of a cricketing legend, people expect Arjun to follow his dad’s footsteps and emulate him or try to come closer to him in terms of records. However, that is too harsh of a young boy because his dad was once in a century kind of a player.
Sachin as a dad believes in not imposing cricket on his children and allowing them to express themselves in the field of their liking.
“I want my children to be judged as individuals. I had the freedom to express myself and chase my dreams. That’s what I want to do with my children. It is not fair to say that my son has to play cricket and my daughter has to do something… It’s their life. What I expect from people is to give them the freedom to express themselves.” said Sachin
Fans hoped of seeing Sachin and Arjun playing in the same match. However, it was always little unrealistic to see that happen.
– by Atharva Apte