Talent or Nepotism, Decoding God’s own Child “Arjun Tendulkar”
He has many names. People call him God’s own child, Mumbai speed merchant, Jr. Tendulkar or the son of a gun, the cub is already sharpening the claws to hunt down the batsmen. Yes, it is none other than Arjun Tendulkar, son of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar.
The southpaw has already earned himself a name, slowly but steadily making his own identity under the shadow of Sachin Tendulkar. Whatever we have seen him till now, he is a next superstar in the making with bundles of talent and nerves of steel just like his father.
In the age of nepotism, Arjun Tendulkar proves that talent has no background, you can’t have it, you need to earn. His bowling action gives a glimpse of black hurricane Curtly Ambrose. At the age of 19, the boy is already ticking the bowling speed of 135+ km/hr, inching closer towards 90 miles per hour.
Like his father, he is also passionate about Cricket. At his age, when youngsters are riding the bike at 120 km/her impressing the girls, the left armer has already left cricket enthusiast spellbound with his stellar performance.
Sachin during the initial years also aspired to become a fast bowler, but fate has different plans for him. It seems the fast bowler aggression and genes have passed on to Arjun Tendulkar, fulfilling his father’s dream.
He is in constant touch with the greatest left arm bowler Wasim Akram, learning the nuances of left-arm swing bowling and you never known he might be the next sultan of swing with lethal bowling weapons in the arsenal. Once Wasim Akram was asked about Arjun Tendulkar, he said “He is a 15-year-old who is like any other kid in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka – he’s very enthusiastic about his cricket.” He further added, “I told him a little bit about fitness, on wrist positioning and I explained to him how to bring the ball back onto the right-hander. He had a lot of questions for him and is very passionate about the game, and that is always a good sign.”
The boy has already announced his arrival at the international arena by taking his first International wicket, dismissing by dismissing Sri Lanka’s Kamil Mishara.
Some Interesting Facts about Arjun Tendulkar
So, despite being the boy with a silver spoon, he has left no stones unturned in learning all the tricks of the trade. Who is Arjun Tendulkar as a person? What are his achievements till date? Is he media hyped superstar or a damn talented youngster burdened by his surname. Let’s unveil some really interesting facts about Arjun Tendulkar:-
- Arjun Tendulkar was born on 24 September 1999 to Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar
- He did his schooling from Dhirubhai Ambani International School located in Bandra Kurla complex, Navi Mumbai
- He started playing Cricket at the age of 8.
- She has an elder sister named Sara Tendulkar. Both share warm camaraderie with each other.
- Arjun Tendulkar height is 178 cm (5 feet 10 inches), the decent height to become quickie. He is a hit the deck bowler.
- He often trains at the Karnala sports academy located in Navi Mumbai to harness his bowling skills
- He consistently tick the 135+ km/hr bowling speed during the match
- Sachin Tendulkar is his favourite cricketer, actually more than a cricketer, role model, friend, philosopher and guide.
- Besides Cricket, Arjun Tendulkar is passionate about taekwondo, football and swimming
- Wasim Akram, Mitchell Starc & Mitchell Johnson are his favourite bowlers.
- Arjun Tendulkar is coached by Atul Gaikwad, a Pune based level 3 coach from NCA (National Cricket Academy) with Ph.D. in biomechanics. He has been coaching Arjun now for more than 3 years. He has helped Arjun is remodeling his bowling action, after he suffered from two stress fractures ruling him out of cricket for almost a year.
- Besides Atul Gaikwad also works with former Indian pacer Subroto Banerjee, the bowling coach of Vidarbha Ranji team. The pacer has helped Sachin Tendulkar in the past during the Australia tour in 2008.
- He represented Mumbai at under 14, under 16 and under 19 level cricket.
- At the age of 13, he scored his maiden century in the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Under-14 Summer Vacation tournament. The southpaw scored 124 runs with 14 fours and 1 six. The knock was gone in a winning cause, defeating Goregaon center by an innings and 21 runs. He scored his maiden century, just two months after his father scored his 100th.
- His most destructive knock came in 2014, when he scored 188 off 42 balls for Dhirubhai International School in under 16.
- He picked up 19 wickets at 2017-18 season, including two five-wicket hall in Cooch Behar trophy.
- He once almost injured Jonny Bairstow just before England vs. South Africa test match.
- He idolized Ben Stroke and consider him as one of the best bowlers of this era.
- Arjun Tendulkar took his maiden international wicket by dismissing Sri Lanka’s Kamil Mishara.
- He played his first national level match in 2011 at a cadence trophy tournament in Pune.
- He once got Brian Lara out at an exhibition match in England in 2015.
- He got out on a duck in a Harris Shield trophy in 2011, the tournament which changed his father’s career. Sachin Tendulkar was involved in a 664 runs partnership with Vinod Kambli in 1988. Although, Arjun took 8 scalps in the match guiding Dhirubhai Ambani school to victory against Jamnabai Narsee school.
- He bowls to Indian cricket team during the nets, when the match is played in Mumbai. Many Indian players have praised the dedication of Arjun Tendulkar, especially Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Virat Kohli.
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- He bowled to Indian women’s cricket team ahead of the World Cup final opposite England in 2017.
- Arjun Tendulkar is seen as a future all-rounder. India desperately needs an all-rounder since 1994, maybe he is the man, the answer lies in the future.