Arjun, son of great Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, was bought by Mumbai Indians in the 2021 season and since then he has been a part of the franchise but he did not get any chance in 2 consecutive seasons.
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Mumbai: The last two seasons have not gone well for the five-time IPL champion Mumbai Indians. The league’s most successful team failed to qualify for the playoffs in two consecutive seasons. This time the team is looking strong but Mumbai’s plans have suffered a setback due to the exclusion of superstar Indian fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the tournament. Now it is not easy to replace Bumrah, but it has also created opportunities for some bowlers and at the moment there is a name on everyone’s tongue – Arjun Tendulkar. Will Mumbai Indians give him a chance this time? The kind of indications given by captain Rohit Sharma and coach Mark Boucher, it seems so.
Mumbai has to face Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first match of the new season. Everyone is eager to know which fast bowler Mumbai will field along with star English pacer Joffra Archer for this match to be held on Sunday, April 2. Will Arjun Tendulkar make his debut with this match? Just before the tournament, Mumbai held a press conference on Wednesday, March 29 and answered many questions in which Arjun Tendulkar’s question also came up.
Will Arjun get a chance this time?
Everyone wants to know whether Arjun can get a chance in Bumrah’s absence. When the same question was asked to Mumbai’s new coach Mark Boucher, instead of answering yes or no, he talked about keeping the options open. Boucher referred to Arjun’s recent domestic season and described his bowling as better. However, Boucher revealed that Arjun had recently suffered an injury. In such a situation, Boucher made it clear that if he remains available for selection during the season then it would be better for the team.
At the same time, captain Rohit Sharma also did not give any assurance, which was also natural, but the veteran captain of Mumbai hoped that Arjun might be able to make his debut in this season.
2 consecutive seasons on the bench
Arjun Tendulkar, son of great Indian batsman and first Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar, is yet to make his IPL debut. He was first bought by Mumbai Indians in the auction of IPL 2021 season at a price of Rs 20 lakhs but could not play a single match. Then before the mega auction held before the 2022 season, Mumbai again bought him for Rs 30 lakh, but again he just kept waiting for the whole season. Left-arm fast bowler Arjun has played only 9 T20 matches so far, in which 12 wickets have come in his account.