- Nasima Akter
Ex-NZ Pacer Praises Arjun Tendulkar's Potential in IPL
Arjun Tendulkar, the son of cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar, has been making headlines since his debut in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. The 23-year-old left-arm pacer made his debut for Mumbai Indians earlier this month against Kolkata Knight Riders but failed to take a wicket.
However, in his next match, he not only picked up his maiden IPL wicket but also defended 20 runs in the last over to secure a crucial win for his team against SunRisers Hyderabad.
Arjun's performance in the IPL has drawn attention from experts and fans alike. However, his recent performance against Punjab Kings where he conceded 48 runs, including 31 in one over, has led to some criticism.
Former New Zealand pacer Simon Doull has weighed in on Arjun's role in MI's bowling attack, stating that the youngster should not be bowling in the death overs just yet.
Speaking on Arjun's performance, Doull said, "The last thing you want to do to a young man is throw him on the heap after one bad game because he has actually done a pretty good job."
Doull added that Rohit Sharma, the captain of Mumbai Indians, knows that Arjun is not a death bowler as of yet, and they should not be bowling him in the last four or five overs of the match. Doull suggested that Arjun should be utilised more with the new ball, much like Trent Boult and Deepak Chahar, who bowl two to three overs upfront where it swings a little bit.
It is important to remember that Arjun is still a young player with a lot to learn, and his debut in the IPL is a big step in his career. While he has shown promise, he still has a long way to go to become a consistent performer in the IPL.
Mumbai Indians, being the most successful team in IPL history, can provide the perfect platform for Arjun to learn from some of the best players in the world and hone his skills. With the right guidance and opportunities, Arjun can be a valuable asset to Mumbai Indians in the future.
It is also worth noting that Arjun's selection in the Mumbai Indians team has been met with some criticism, with some suggesting that he only got the opportunity because of his famous last name.
While it is true that having a famous father may open doors for a young player, it is ultimately their performance on the field that determines their success. Arjun has shown promise and has the potential to be a successful player in his own right.
While Arjun Tendulkar's performance in the IPL has been a mixed bag so far, it is important to remember that he is still a young player with a lot to learn. Simon Doull's suggestion that Arjun should not be bowling in the death overs just yet may be valid, but with the right guidance and opportunities, Arjun can develop into a consistent performer for Mumbai Indians.
It will be interesting to see how Arjun performs in the remainder of the IPL and how his career progresses in the future.