Arjun Tendulkar — sweating it out away from limelight

Left-arm seamer Arjun Tendulkar, 19, worked up pace and impressed with his control of the ball in a Cooch Behar Trophy match between Delhi and Mumbai at the Ferozeshah Kotla.

All attention was on Arjun Tendulkar at the Kotla on Tuesday.   -  AFP (File Photo)

The burden of a legendary family name is a heavy cross to bear. Arjun Sachin Tendulkar has been doing it ever since he stepped on to the cricketing field.

On Tuesday, when his father was in town as brand ambassador for UNICEF, the youngster was sweating it out, away from limelight, in another corner of the city, working up pace and impressing with his control of the ball in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy match at the Ferozeshah Kotla here between Delhi and Mumbai.

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A left-arm seamer, Arjun has been around in age-group competitions for a while now, having been part of the Indian Under-19 side as well earlier this year.

Frugal spell

Opening Mumbai’s bowling, Arjun ran up fast, mixed his lengths well and gave away just 16 runs in his first spell of six overs before returning in fading light. There was little chatter despite the disappointment of a couple of close lbw calls going against him. Mumbai opener Divyansh had earlier racked up a massive 211 runs and was the last wicket to fall but all attention was only on Arjun.

He finished the day with 11 overs against his name, conceding 34 and inducing a couple of edges that unfortunately couldn’t be held.

Domestic cricket in India is not exactly a fan favourite; age-group tournaments suffer worse in terms of interest. Sachin might not have been able to watch his son play on Tuesday but the presence of his name on the field made sure there were more than just team and ground staff around.