Arjun Tendulkar, son of Sachin Tendulkar was roped in by Mumbai Indians for his base price of 20 lakhs in the IPL 2021 Auction. Mumbai Indians made some smart buys in the auction. Adam Milne and Nathan Culter-Nile are two of the smartest buys made by the franchise. Incidentally, Arjun was the last player to be sold in the IPL 2021 auction. Meanwhile, Mumbai Director of Cricket and former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has said that the youngster will need to prove himself to MI’s coaching staff to show that he belongs there.
Zaheer Khan spoke in between the auction to Star Sports on the thought process behind buying Arjun Tendulkar and how will he be used in the squad.
“I have spent lots of time with him in the nets, trying to teach him a few tricks of the trade. He is a hard-working kid and he is keen on learning. That’s the exciting part. The added pressure of the name Sachin Tendulkar is always going to be there with him, something he will have to live by. But the environment we have around the team is certainly going to help him become a better cricketer with the likes of Shane Bond and Mahela around. I wish him the best” said Zaheer.
He further said that the youngster will need to prove himself to the thinktank that he is good enough to play for the side.
Arjun Tendulkar Will Need to Prove Himself: Zaheer Khan
“We are looking at things under a very simple lense. He is just a youngster coming into the side. But he has to prove himself, has to show the coaching staff and the think tank of the team that he has got the goods to belong there. So what he does at the highest level in his hands,” said Zaheer, who was also present at the table during the auctions.
Incidentally, Arjun Tendulkar was not in the initial 20-members squad but was added later on after BCCI increased the squad size from 20 to 22. The moment came after Mumbai suffered two back-to-back defeats to start the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy campaign.
After missing out from Mumbai’s Vijay Hazare Trophy squad, Arjun Tendulkar was seen plying his trade in the 73rd Police Invitation Shield Cricket tournament.