Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) are facing each other at Wankhede Stadium in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With Mumbai Indians already out of the race for playoffs, MI made several changes to their playing XI in this match to test their bench strength for next season. However, Arjun Tendulkar was once again excluded from the playing XI.
Arjun Tendulkar is the son of Sachin Tendulkar. Arjun is 22 years old left-arm pacer and a leftie batsman too. He is an all-rounder which is the most demanding skill in T20 cricket. Despite being an all-rounder, he couldn’t find a place in the Mumbai Indians team.
Mumbai Indians have tried several combinations but Arjun failed to find a place in any of them. Several cricket fans vouched for the inclusion of Arjun Tendulkar in the MI playing XI because he can swing the bowl in powerplay. Some fans also blamed Mumbai Indians for spoiling the career of Arjun by benching him for straight two IPL seasons.
Here is how fans voiced their opinions on it :
Arjun must play the last game of the season. Mumbai has given opportunities to almost everyone in the squad…about time you try him out too.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 17, 2022
We are waiting for Arjun Tendulkar 's debut in this season. pic.twitter.com/PxQknFlfkh
— Hindi Cafe (@hindicafe) May 17, 2022
Only 4 Player That Not Get Chance Total 22 Player Has Get Chance For MI In This IPL
— Cricket With Me (@HolyMoinuddin) May 17, 2022
Why doesn't Arjun Tendulkar play in IPL???
— Rishikesh Mehta (@RishikeshMehta9) May 17, 2022
If ananya pandey is right side of nepotism..Thn Arjun Tendulkar is wrong side of nepotism…#MIvSRH
— Vaibhav (@vabby_16) May 17, 2022
Reporter: Will Arjun Tendulkar make his debut in the last game against Delhi Capitals?
— THE ROCKSTAR (@VivJonty) May 17, 2022
Arjun Tendulkar should be released from #MI if they don't want to give him opportunity to play, other teams would love to play him. Don't spoil his confidence if you have taken him in your team.
— SilentGuy (@SumeetKohli) May 17, 2022
— Anu (@anu_2610) May 17, 2022
— Sachin ⚠️ (@Introvert_Insan) May 17, 2022
Not playing Arjun Tendulkar will only lower the confidence of the youngster now that everybody has got an opportunity. Feel bad for the boy.
— Taus Rizvi (@rizvitaus) May 17, 2022
Arjun Tendulkar was picked by the Mumbai franchise ahead of IPL 2021 at his base price of ₹20 lakhs. The five-time IPL champions reacquired his services earlier this year for ₹ 30 lakhs.
“It all depends on combination” – Mahela Jayawardene on Arjun Tendulkar’s chances
Earlier when Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene was asked about the chances of Arjun Tendulkar getting a game in this IPL, here is what he said:
“Well, I think everyone in the squad is an option. We will see how things go. It is about match-ups and how we can win the matches and our priority is to make sure that we get the right match-ups. If Arjun is one of them, then we will consider it, yes, but it all depends on the combination that we put out.”