Arjun Tendulkar, the son of cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar was picked up for his base price of Rs. 20 lakhs by the Mumbai Indians franchise in the auction for the 2021 edition of the IPL. Now, the signing has not gone down well on social media with people branding him as a product of nepotism and that he has no talent.
Yes, he might not have been picked if he was not the son of Sachin Tendulkar. But, branding a youngster who hasn’t had a lot of experience at the highest stage as one does not have talent is half-baked to say the least. This is a youngster who is just coming in and getting a chance to play in the IPL. This was his biggest moment but all that he was greeted with is trolls and hate. So nepotism or no nepotism, it is important to realize that he has to be given chances to prove himself before he is judged.
MI’s signing of Arjun Tendulkar – a smart one
In actuality, Arjun’s buy seems to be a very clever one by MI. They have had the knack of picking up uncapped players and converting them into superstars. Arjun could be a good investment for the future. He is just 21 years old at the moment. He has at least 15 years of cricket left in him. He might be inexperienced now but he might as well turn out to be a great player in the future. We never know.
The next thing to remember is Arjun is a pace bowler and a left-armer at that. Unlike batsmen, pace bowlers usually come into their own and hit their stride a bit late in their careers. It’s only when they are around 25 that they usually peak, so Arjun still has a long way to go to hit his peak. He must be molded and developed and there can’t be a better place than the MI franchise. Also, left-arm pace bowlers are rare in India at the moment and Arjun has that added advantage.
Mumbai Indians know what they are doing
There’s a reason Mumbai Indians are the most successful team in IPL history. They have a top-notch scouting structure and an eye for developing youngsters. A cursory look at their present team is ample proof of the same. Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya were all ‘nobody’s before they went on to play for MI and hence, the national team. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav have now been called up as well.
As MI’s head coach Mahela Jayawardene said, “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. 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.”
Arjun has already been put under huge pressure by all the fuss surrounding him, so it would be nice for once, if we just let him be and let him showcase his skills. We never know what the future holds.