Finally, amid expectations, Sachin's son Arjun Tendulkar has been sold out and is all set to make his IPL debut during the upcoming season. The auctions of players for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League had held in Chennai on Thursday during which eight franchises had battled each other to build a potent team. Around 291 players from both India and abroad were on the auction list and in the event that lasted for five hours, most of the players were bought while some had left unsold.
The list of auctioning players included the players who were released from their franchises and the newbies who have registered for their IPL entry. Among the newbies is Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Sachin Tendulkar and he had registered for the IPL with the base price of Rs 20 lakh. Arjun's name was auctioned on Thursday and as expected, Mumbai Indians had bought Arjun Tendulkar for his base price of Rs 20 lakh and through the ticket, junior Tendulkar is all set to play for his home team Mumbai Indians, who are also the defending champion, in the upcoming season.
21-year-old Arjun has become one of the youngest players to make his debut in the IPL. He is a left-handed batsman and a left-arm medium-fast bowler who played two matches for Mumbai in the recently concluded 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Arjun made his Under-19 debut for India in the Youth Test series against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2018. Arjun has also played for the Mumbai Under-19, Under-16, and Under 14- teams previously.
During the 2017-18 Cooch Behar Trophy, Arjun picked 19 wickets in five matches including two five-wicket hauls. He was also a part of the squad that played two matches against Namibia Under-19 in England. According to reports, Arjun attended an NCA residential camp in Dharamsala and he was commended for his pace and accuracy in bowling during the academy games. Arjun represented a CCI XI in January 2017 at the Bradman Oval in Adelaide and he made a quick 48 as an opener and got four wickets.
Arjun was strongly expected to register for the upcoming IPL season and a week before the IPL 2021 auction, he smashed 77 runs off 31 deliveries in the 73rd Police Invitation Shield Cricket tournament. His terrific batting had enhanced the prospect of entering into the wealthiest cricket league. Arjun, being an all-rounder, also got three wickets as MIG Cricket Club won the game by a huge margin of 194 runs. He had registered for the upcoming season and it was speculated that he will be bought by Mumbai Indians.
When Arjun's name came under the hammer, Mumbai Indians had bought him for Rs 20 lakh without any interruption from other franchises. It must be noted that though Arjun will be making his debut in the upcoming season, he was on the Mumbai team and he traveled to the United Arab Emirates last year with the team as the net bowler.