Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun thanked the Mumbai Indians team management and franchise officials for picking him up in the IPL Auction 2021 in Chennai on Thursday.
Arjun Tendulkar, the 21-year-old left-arm pacer, was bought by the defending IPL champions Mumbai Indians for Rs 20 lakh in the auction. MI was the only team which bid of Arjun, who was the last player to be sold in the auction.
Arjun will now get to be coached and mentored under some of the biggest names in Indian cricket when the upcoming 2021 season begins in India later this year.
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“Since childhood, I have been a die-hard fan of Mumbai Indians. I would like to thank the coaches, owners and the support staff for showing faith in me. I can’t wait to put on the blue and gold (jersey),” Arjun Tendulkar said in a video message after the IPL 2021 auction.
“I would like to thank the coaches, owners and the support staff for showing faith in me.”
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 18, 2021
Mumbai Indians, the five-time IPL champions, also posted a tweet welcoming the left-arm fast-bowling all-round to their set up.
“Cricket in his blood. Refined in the nets. Now ready to take the 22-yards by storm. Welcome home, Arjun Tendulkar!” Mumbai Indians posted on twitter after buying him at the auction.
Arjun, 21, has been earlier seen in the net sessions of the team. He was in UAE with the squad during the 13th edition of the IPL as well.
Arjun Tendulkar made his senior debut for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 during recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He leaked 34 runs for 1 wicket and did not get to face any ball after coming in to bat at 11th position.
Arjun had been playing for Mumbai at the U-19 level and other age-group competitions. He was part of the Mumbai T20 league which was played in 2019.
Arjun Tendulkar has earlier represented Mumbai Under-19 and India Under-19. He was first picked for India U-19 in June 2018 for two four-day matches in Sri Lanka. He has been seen bowling in the Mumbai Indians and India nets on several occasions.