When Arjun Tendulkar‘s name was mentioned in the shortlist of 292 players for the auction, it was almost certain where he was headed. As the son of an Indian legend who represented Mumbai Indians for six seasons, the 21-year-old was always likely to be snapped up by the defending IPL champions.
One could argue that Arjun Tendulkar has been selected to play for MI simply on the basis of his all-rounder tag. However, many fans on Twitter believe that he has been picked on the reputation of his illustrious father.
Terming it as ‘nepotism’, fans took to Twitter to express what they felt about Arjun Tendulkar’s signing by Mumbai Indians:
Arjun Tendulkar for MI. Never saw that coming.
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) February 18, 2021
Will Kangana call Arjun Tendulkar as a ‘Worst Product of Nepotism’? She is yet to say a word about Jay Shah as well..
— Srivatsa (@srivatsayb) February 18, 2021
— Sagar (@sagarcasm) February 18, 2021
Arjun Tendulkar bowling to Shubman Gill in IPL and Sara cheering pic.twitter.com/6zlhAX4Psu
— babu bisIeri (@baabuOP) February 18, 2021
Sachin Tendulkar was purchased by BJP, Arjun Tendulkar will be purchased by Ambani. #IPLAuction2021
— The Bad Engineer (@Satirical_Dhruv) February 18, 2021
— Sudhanshu Kumar Mayank (@imskmayank) February 18, 2021
Other uncapped players who unsold in auction to Arjun Tendulkar :
— $ H I L ग न (@ShilganMeshram3) February 18, 2021
Now where is the ppl screaming nepotism when it comes to. #arjuntendulkar ??
— Ria – Andolanjeevi (@RiaRevealed) February 18, 2021
— Mannat (@thandrakhleyar) February 18, 2021
Sara Tendulkar when MI plays KKR and Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Shubman Gill!! pic.twitter.com/HwQBX0J7nd
— Ethir Katchi (@sudhanks) February 18, 2021
— yella Akhil (@AkhilYella) February 18, 2021
— Vishesh (@vishesh_srt) February 18, 2021
— Surya Prakash Yadav (@ImSuryadav) February 18, 2021
No one dares to bid
— Harshil (@RjHarshil) February 18, 2021
Meanwhile Sachin:- pic.twitter.com/IQPqbAUAlm
— 🇮🇳Petrol Wale Bhakt’s Nightmare🇮🇳👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻 (@BhaktendraNodi) February 18, 2021
#ArjunTendulkar most unexpected buy of IPL Auction 2021, to Mumbai Indians.
— Bhavs (@BhavyaDhoni) February 18, 2021
Arjun Tendulkar played just two T20s in the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Mumbai, where he picked up two wickets and scored only three runs. Thus, the selection of the player by MI doesn’t seem to be on merit.
The 21-year-old did show flashes of brilliance during a Police Shield game last week, where he picked up three wickets and scored a quickfire 77 off just 31 balls. But the IPL is a different ball-game altogether.
At the moment, Arjun Tendulkar is a promising but unknown commodity in domestic and T20 cricket, something that might have prompted MI to take a punt on the left-hander.
Fortuitous to be selected ahead of several experienced campaigners who went unsold in the auction, Arjun Tendulkar is unlikely to get any game-time in a star-studded MI lineup at IPL 2021.
Nevertheless, the experience of sharing the dressing room with the likes of Indian and overseas superstars like Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Kieron Pollard, to name a few, could stand Arjun Tendulkar in good stead.