The name Tendulkar is enough to put enormous pressure on the cricketing career of Arjun Tendulkar but to his credit, the 18-year-old has dealt with the pressure of being Sachin Tendulkar’s son in a remarkable way so far.
Arjun is a rapid fast bowler with explosive batting skills which were on show in the recently concluded match in the Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge at the Sydney Cricket Ground where Arjun picked up 4 wickets and scored a 27-ball 48 for his team.
Arjun’s fast bowling ability came to limelight when he struck Jonny Bairstow on his ankle during a net practice session back in 2017 and such was the impact Bairstow had to see a doctor to get rid of the bruises.
Despite the inevitable backing from Sachin Tendulkar, Arjun wants to build his own legacy and play for India solely on his own merit, however, Sachin is never shy of giving quick tips and guidance which Arjun is happy to oblige.
Following his wonderful display at the SCG, Arjun revealed how Sachin’s advise helps him to keep his feet grounded and just focus on his own game.
Quoting Sachin Tendulkar’s words, Arjun said: “(He says) just play fearlessly, play for your team, be a team man and give everything you’ve got.”
Discussing the pressure of performing for his famous surname, Arjun revealed a rather calmer approach and how he is looking to land every ball in the right area and not be perturbed about the reaction he will bring about back home or in the foreign media.
Arjun said: “I don’t take that pressure, when I bowl I just hit the deck hard on every ball and when I bat just play my shots and choose which bowlers to take on and which bowlers not to.”
In a way, Arjun is fulfilling Sachin’s dream of becoming a fast bowler as we all know Sachin Tendulkar at first wanted to be a fast bowler and was sent back from the MRF pace academy as he lacked the necessary skills to be a fiery pace bowler.
With Sachin Tendulkar’s continuous mentoring and the obvious skill sets which Arjun possesses, India could have a quality left-arm pacer in their ranks in next few year’s time.
This post was last modified on January 13, 2018, 3:18 pm