Updated: November 27, 2015 1:14:12 am
ARJUN Tendulkar has paved his way into the Mumbai U-16 team following his all-round heroics in the Payyade Trophy where he scored 106 and snared four wickets. The son of retired legend, Sachin Tendulkar, has been part of the city’s U-14 team earlier and will now be one of the all-rounders in the 15-member squad for the U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy opening encounter in Baroda.
Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) joint secretary PV Shetty said that the selectors had picked Arjun, who bats left-handed and bowls left-arm seam, on the basis of his performances in the Payyade Trophy, which doubled up as the selection trials.
“He did well in the selection trials as well as the Kanga league. The selectors have picked him as an all-rounder,” Shetty said.
Meanwhile, former India pacer Zaheer Khan, who played most of his career with the senior Tendulkar, said that Arjun should enjoy this moment but did agree that being the son of a famous cricketer will bring with it enormous pressure. Zaheer has seen Arjun bowl in the nets whenever he accompanied his father during the Indian team’s tours.
“He is working hard. He is good with bat and ball. I’m told that he scored his first century this week. The pressure will be there but ultimately what he can do on the field will matter most,” he said.
But Zaheer believed that age wasn’t really a factor when it came to judging a young cricketer’s calibre. “If someone is good enough and performing well, then they should use this platform to judge them. As a youngster you should use this platform to get noticed,” he explained.
Interestingly, Zaheer was never part of any age-group junior side and made his way straight into the Baroda Ranji Trophy senior team before breaking into the Indian team as a youngster.
“It’s hard to perform in any selection trials. Luckily, I was never part of an under-16 team. I started my cricket very late but at times the earlier you start the better it is,” he added.
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