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Arjun Tendulkar bowls in Team India nets at Wankhede

MUMBAI: Amongst the net bowlers, comprising of Mumbai’s under-23 and Under-19 probables, who were bowling to the Indian batsmen on Friday, a couple of days ahead of the opening ODI at the Wankhede Stadium, was a boy who made heads turn for obvious reasons.

The youngster was batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun, who bowled a fair bit to Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. As a kid, Arjun was a regular visitor at the India nets when his father was still playing the game, but the maiden experience of bowling to team India batsmen, with coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun looking on, must’ve left the 17-year-old left-arm pacer a lot richer.

Arjun, and another young left-arm seamer, seemed to be providing useful practice to the Indian batsmen, who were to familiarize themselves with the left-arm pace of New Zealand’s Trent Boult, which they’re likely to face much of during the Kiwis’ short limited overs tour of India.

Earlier this month, Arjun Tendulkar made his U-19 debut for Mumbai in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, but didn’t enjoy a particularly good time, and was dropped after two games, in which he bowled just six overs, which went for 62 runs.

The youngster, however, showed that had improved immensely when his yorker left England’s Jonny Bairstow limping at the England nets ahead of a Test against the West Indies. On Friday evening, a quick bouncer from him even forced Kohli to duck quickly. “He was included in the Mumbai under-19 team after doing well in the trial matches. It’s unfair to target him just because he’s the son of a famous father,” an MCA official had told TOI recently, while justifying Arjun’s inclusion in the Mumbai Colts team.

Source : timesofindia

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Arjun Tendulkar bowls in Team India nets at Wankhede


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