When Ravi Shastri inquired about his latest IPL accomplishment, Arjun, like his father, remained modest and diverted the conversation to the game.
Tendulkar always takes centre stage when he steps onto the pitch. It was true back then, during Sachin's 24-year career, and it is still true today, as his son Arjun has started his IPL career. Arjun Tendulkar was given a new, more challenging position by Rohit Sharma during Tuesday's IPL 2023 encounter between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad, and he stole the show with his first IPL wicket in the game's final over by overshadowing Cameron Green's all-around performance. When Ravi Shastri inquired about his latest IPL accomplishment, Arjun, like his father, remained modest and diverted the conversation to the game. Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Sachin Tendulkar, made his IPL debut on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai against the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Despite KKR's Venkatesh Iyer blasting a century, Mumbai won the match by five wickets. Arjun bowled two overs and finished with stats of 0/17.
Asked to defend 20 runs in the final over by captain Rohit Sharma, Arjun showed clarity of thought in his plan as he started by taking the ball away from Abdul Samad and then shifted his focus on nailing those perfect yorkers as he conceded only six runs in five balls while picking his maiden IPL wicket by dismissing Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
After the match, Arjun joined Shastri for a post-match discussion where the elated former India all-rounder asked the youngster how he felt about his achievement adding, "You've gone one up on Sachin". Shastri reminded Arjun that in Sachin's 78 appearances for Mumbai Indians in his IPL career between 2008 and 2013, Sachin never picked up a wicket. Across six seasons, Sachin only delivered 36 balls.
But Arjun was humble in his response, saying: "Obviously, getting my first IPL wicket was fantastic. I simply had to concentrate on the task at hand, the strategy, and carrying it out, he remarked.
In response to a question regarding his intentions for the last over, he stated: "Our goal was merely to bowl wide and put the long boundary into play, forcing the batsman to knock it to the longer side. I enjoy bowling, and if the captain wants me to, I am delighted to do so as long as I follow the team's strategy and give it my all. When asked about his conversations with his father by Ian Bishop, the 23-year-old revealed: Prior to the game, he and I (Sachin Tendulkar) talk about cricket and strategy, and he tells meGiven his fantastic performance on Tuesday, it is reasonable to assume that Arjun will play a bigger role in the starting lineup. Not to mention that he is an all-rounder with a century in the Ranji Trophy.
Edited by:Kavya Vengkateshwaran
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