Irrespective of the profession, it's always difficult for kids to live up to the reputation and break away from the stardom of their famous parents. The world of cricket, too, has witnessed numerous sons struggling to match the high expectations of fans set by their famous fathers. But, Arjun Tendulkar seems to be making an exception.
Proving his mettle in Mumbai's famed Harris Shield tournament, the young Tendulkar, amid high and unfair expectations, is carving his own niche in cricket.
From making the cut for India's U-19 side to proving his mettle in domestic tournaments, the 20-year-old has been thriving as a bowling all-arounder.June 17, 2019
While his father, great Sachin Tendulkar, was known for his artistry with the willow, Arjun is making a name for himself with his left-arm, seam bowling. The youngster has been seen bowling in nets against Team India and even England in the past. In fact, he even helped the Englishmen prepare for Mitchell Starc by bowling to them in the nets ahead of their 2019 World Cup clash.
More recently, Arjun became the topic of great discussion on social media after a photo surfaced where he was seen hanging out with Mumbai Indians stars in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ahead of the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Striking a pose in a swimming pool, Arjun was seen in the company of Mumbai's star bowlers including Trent Boult and James Pattinson.September 14, 2020
As soon as the photo emerged on social media, fans began wondering what Tendulkar Jr. was doing with Mumbai stars in the UAE.
Majority of cricket fans opined that Arjun has indeed joined the Mumbai camp and might feature alongside Rohit Sharma & Co in a year or so. But, the answer to the puzzle is pretty simple.
Like his role in the past, Arjun has travelled to the UAE along with the Mumbai squad as part of their net bowlers contingent. The left-arm seamer has been helping the batsmen prepare themselves for the upcoming edition of the IPL by testing them with his brisk pace and impeccable line and length.June 24, 2019
Arjun has been a familiar face in the nets for the Mumbai camp in the past. He was also seen bowling to the Indian women's team on the eve of the 2017 World Cup final.
Weeks before that, Arjun proved his pace and accuracy, which was too good for Jonny Bairstow to handle as the youngster injured the England batsman with a toe-crushing yorker that forced him to miss the entire session.