Tendulkar in news, but not Sachin











Arjun Tendulkar


By Kersi Meher-Homji


You can’t keep the name Tendulkar out of headlines. During Wimbledon tennis last week, TV cameras were at times focussed on Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli watching the semi-finals.

Now the name Arjun Tendulkar is in news. He is Sachin’s 15 year-old son. He was praised by England’s assistant coach Paul Farbace. On Wednesday the 15th, Arjun attended England’s net session at Lord’s before the Ashes Test.
Arjun Tendulkar trains with England squad (Photo: Twitter)

According to India’s cricket writer Bipin Dani, Arjun attended the net session at the request of Neil Burns who is one of the England’s most influential coaches. Speaking exclusively from Lord’s he told Bipin, “Arjun bowled very nicely in the nets to the England team. He swung the ball in to the right handlers and away from the left handers.   He has good control and bowled very well.”
Ten years ago, Arjun Tendulkar was also praised by Australian great Greg Chappell.   During Chappell’s visit, not as a coach, to India in 2005, he met Arjun when he was five year old. “He (Arjun) is an intelligent young man; he thinks a lot before speaking,” commented Chappell.

I had watched Arjun bowling to dad Sachin at the SCG nets before the Sydney Test of January 2013 and to be frank I was not impressed. But that was 30 months ago.

Will there be another Tendulkar in the Indian team in five years time? I mean Tendulkar the bowler, not Tendulkar the master batsman.

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