The Hush Post: After all, Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar is fulfilling his father’s dream — the dream with which the little master went to the Dennis Lillee pace academy in Chennai but was politely told by the master bowler to focus on batting.
Thirty years down the line, legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s son at slightly over 6 feet is taller than most of the playing XI of the Indian cricket team and unlike his father he aspires to be a bowler. The senior Tendulkar is 1.65 cms (roughly) 5 feet 5 inches and his mother Anjali Tendulkar, who normally avoids wearing heels while with husband, is 1.73 cms (5 feet 8 inches). Arjun, who is a left-arm seamer recently came into headlines for striking Jonny Bairstow with a bouncer, who had to be hospitalised.
The 18-year-old is in Australia to take part in Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge, a competition organised by the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Playing for Cricketer’s Club of India against Hong Kong, Cricket Club in a T20 match at the Bradman Oval, Arjun produced an eye-catching all-round performance on Thursday as he clubbed 48 runs off 27 deliveries as an opener and also picked up four wickets in four overs. The junior Tendulkar considers Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Strac and England all rounder Ben Stokes among his idols.
Being Sachin’s son, Arjun carries enormous weight of expectations being the son of Little Master but he is not affected by that. “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,” he said.
The Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge tournament began on January 7 and will continue till January 14. Eight teams are participating at the event including SCG XI, Marylebone Cricket Club, Cricketer’s Club of India, Singapore Cricket Club, Hong Kong Cricket Club, South Australian Cricket Association, Singalese Cricket Club and Izingari.