Mumbai: Arjun Tendulkar, Sachin Tendulkar’s son registered a five-wicket haul for Mumbai against Madhya Pradesh in the Cooch Behar Trophy U-19 at MCA’s Bandra-Kurla complex.
This incredible feat by the left-arm speedster came in Madhya Pradesh’s second innings where his heroics with the ball (5/95 in 26 overs) destroyed the top order of the opposition in the match which eventually ended in a draw.
Batting first, Madhya Pradesh had mustered a total of 361 in the first innings and Mumbai in reply scored 506 runs. With the pressure back on Madhya Pradesh, Arjun Tendulkar ripped apart the batting by dismissing the top four batsmen and then completed his five-wicket haul by scalping the wicket of the number 9 batsman. Madhya Pradesh then declared then innings at 411/8 and Mumbai were 47/1 when the match was drawn. Mumbai got three points due to their first innings lead.
Arjun has slowly emerged into the scene in the last few months. Earlier, he was picked to represent Mumbai in the
5th Late Shri J Y Lele All India Under-19 Invitational One Day tournament. He bowled to the Indian women’s team in the nets ahead of their World Cup final clash against England. Recently, he was seen bowling to Indian captain Virat Kohli during a net session ahead of India’s first ODI against New Zealand some weeks back.
The prodigious left-armer also made a name for himself when his toe-crushing against England’s wicket-keeper batsman Johnny Bairstow led the latter to limp of the field during their preparations for the series against South Africa.
In 2014, Arjun’s mentor and former India pacer Subroto Banerjee was impressed with the youngster’s bowling capabilities and had said that he had a, “swift bowling action like Zaheer Khan.” In 2010, Arjun had taken eight wickets for Dhirubhai Ambani International School against Jamnabhai Narsee School and in the very next year, he had slammed a century for Khar Gymkhana in an U-14 match.