Arjun Tendulkar bought for 5 lakhs in the T20 Mumbai League auction
Arjun had to withdraw his name from the league last season due to an injury.
Updated - May 5, 2019 10:24 am
The second edition of the T20 Mumbai League kicks off on May 14 and the auction for the same is currently underway in the city. The event will be held from 14-26 May at the Wankhede Stadium. In the auction so far, Arjun Tendulkar, son of the greatest Indian cricketer of all-time Sachin Tendulkar has got the highest bid so far. Arjun was also expected to be a part of the tournament last year but had to withdraw his name from the auction due to an injury.
Last month it was announced that there will be new additions to the already existing six teams. The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) stated that the recently introduced teams will represent the constituencies of Mumbai Western Suburbs and Mumbai Eastern Suburbs. According to the League’s rules, each team could retain two players ahead of the player’s auction, that commenced on Saturday, May 4.
A total of 11 players were retained from the previous season for the second edition of the domestic T20 league. Young guns Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer were among those retained players who were shown loyalty by their respective franchises. The North Mumbai Panthers only retained one player. The winners of the inaugural edition of the T20 league, the Triumph Knights Mumbai North East retained their star batsman Suryakumar Yadav and medium pacer Akash Parkar.
Arjun Tendulkar gets the highest bid of the season
Earlier this year, Arjun who is a left-arm medium fast bowler put his name in the auction pool for the Mumbai T20 League. The 19-year-old has so far represented the country in two U19 ‘Tests’ against Sri Lanka last year, wherein he claimed three wickets. He also recently played in the DY Patil T20 tournament and has also made it to the U-23 Mumbai team.
Arjun has apparently remodelled his action working with biomechanics expert Atul Gaekwad and has also trained with his father’s one-time India teammate and former Vidarbha bowling coach Subroto Banerjee. On Saturday, May 4, junior Tendulkar was bought for Rs 5 lakh by Akash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburb at the T20 Mumbai League auction which made him the highest buy of the season so far.
Having a big and illustrious surname and also getting the highest bid of the season, the 19-year-old will have much to prove in his transition from U19 Cricket to the senior scene.