Important milestone in Arjun’s cricketing life, says Sachin Tendulkar
The Indian team list will once again have the famous Tendulkar surname back as legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun was included in U-19 side for the two four-day games against Sri Lanka.
Standing at 6ft 1inch, the 18-year-old Arjun is a left-arm fast bowler and a handy lower middle-order batsman. Two India U-19 squads were announced on Thursday in Bengaluru with Anuj Rawat and Aryan Juyal leading the side.
Tendulkar senior expressed his happiness on his son’s selection in India U-19 team.
“We are happy on Arjun being selected in India U-19 team. It is an important milestone in his cricketing life. Anjali (Tendulkar) and I will always support Arjun in his choices and pray for his success,” Tendulkar said.
“There is a clear direction from BCCI and coach Rahul Dravid that those who will surpass 19 by this year should not be selected even if they have performs.Let them play Ranji Trophy according to Rahul.” a senior BCCI official said.
Last year, Arjun bowled to the English Test team at nets during their home series against South Africa, troubling some of their batsmen with awkward angles and pace. He even struck Jonny Bairstow on his toes, forcing the wicket-keeper batsman to leave the nets briefly.
Mumbai under-19 coach Satish Samant believes Tendulkar Jr has turned the corner with his bowling this season. According to him, the teenager has added new skills to his bowling, the in-coming delivery to the right-hander being his major weapon.
“There’s been a vast improvement in pace over the last 5-6 months. In terms of swing, especially bringing the ball back into the right-hander, he’s become a lot more accurate and hits the right areas. He’s also got a deceptive bouncer. His overall skills are good. He has got a good yorker and a slower one from the back of the hand. It was only a question of consistency. It will come with practice. He was generating more pace and carry than the others,” Samant said.
Arjun picked up 19 wickets in the Cooch Behar Trophy last year. Those included two five-wicket hauls, against Railways and Madhya Pradesh. Samant said most of those wickets were obtained by “getting right-handers bowled and having left-handers caught behind”.
“He is nippy. His release is good. It’s a high-arm action. He’s tall as well,” Samant said.
Also in a zonal U-19 match between West and South Zone at Una, Tendulkar junior got 4 for 37 including three wickets in one spell.
“A lot of people don’t know U-19 zonals are happening at Una and Arjun has done well there.” a source close to the selection committee said.
Arjun has trained under former India fast bowler Subrato Banerjee , a close friend of Tendulkar. He has also bowled at the India nets earlier and was in fast bowlers’ camp at Dharamsala organised by the BCCI.