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Jayawardene reveals the reason behind Tendulkar's inclusion





Photo: Arjun Tendulkar

|| India Correspondent ||

Arjun Tendulkar is one of the most talked-about players in recent times despite not having a lot to talk about his career. And, the reason is none other than being the son of the legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Unlike his father, the youngster is a left-arm pacer and has been doing well in the domestic circuit. However, Mumbai Indians bought him in the mini-auction of IPL 2021 at his base price of 20 lakh.

While many said that it was an expected move, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene has revealed the reason behind this as he said that they picked Arjun Tendulkar purely on the basis of his skill and nothing else. He also added that the 21-year-old left-arm medium-pacer will have the opportunity to learn and grow with time.

"We've looked at it purely on a skill basis. I mean, there is going to be a big tag on his head because of Sachin. But, luckily, he's a bowler, not a batsman. So I think Sachin will be very proud if he could bowl like Arjun," ESPNcricinfo quoted Jayawardene as saying.

"I think it's going to be a learning process for Arjun. He just started playing for Mumbai, and now the franchise. He will learn the ropes; he will evolve. He's still young. A very focused young man," he further said. "We have to give him time and hopefully not put a lot of pressure on him either. Just let him evolve and work his way up, and that's what we're there to help him to do."

It is also noteworthy that, Arjun was also the net bowler of Mumbai Indians during the last edition of the cash-rich league and he was the last player to be bought in this year's auction on Thursday as well.

"I have spent a lot of time in the nets, trying to teach him some tricks of the trade, he is a hardworking kid, he is keen on learning, it is an exciting part. The added pressure of being Sachin Tendulkar's son will always be on him, it is something he needs to live with, the environment of the team will help him. It will help him become a good cricketer, how many times a youngster gets picked in the auction and everyone is talking about him, he has to prove himself and he has to show everyone he has the goods," said the Director of Cricket Operations of Mumbai Indians, Zaheer Khan during a virtual press conference.