IPL 2021 auction: Arjun Tendulkar “A hardworking boy”, but must prove himself, says Zaheer Khan

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Mumbai’s director of cricket operations Zaheer Khan said on Thursday that all-rounder Arjun Tendulkar will have to prove himself in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the players auction held on Thursday, defending champions Mumbai Indians bought Arjun Tendulkar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jimmy Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen and Piyush Chawla.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the nets trying to teach him some tricks of the trade, he’s a hardworking kid, he’s eager to learn, it’s an exciting part. The added pressure of being Sachin Tendulkar’s son will always pointed at him it’s something he has to live with the environment of the team will help him it will help him to become a good cricket player how often a youngster is picked at the auction and everyone talks about him , he has to prove himself and he has to show everyone that he has the goods, ”said Zaheer during a virtual press conference.

Speaking of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Zaheer said: “It is certainly a complete attack, seeing how we stack up for the squad, we have a good balance in our fast bowling attack, we are glad we have Coulter. , we definitely support him and he’s going to add that balance to the squad, previous IPL, he was one of our top picks. “

“We’ve brought out two domestic players for this season, it’s just a case by case, we believe in encouraging young talent, someone who’s been to MI, it’s not like he left the system, it’s about it. making strategic calls and it depends on what comes our way in the coming season. This year was basically the year when we brought out more foreign players than domestic ones, ”he added.

When asked about taking over all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, Zaheer said, “He’s someone with the capabilities of a good all-rounder, it’s all about timing, we’ve timed it right. Neesham has the capabilities and that’s what we all think Hence the opportunity. It’s all about timing, it’s all about getting the chance to prove yourself. ”

Mahela Jayawardene, Mumbai Indians’ head coach, also said Jimmy Neesham will be a backup option at number six if something happens to Kieron Pollard.

“We think Jimmy Neesham has potential, he played good cricket, you can have a bad season, but that doesn’t mean you’re a bad player. He will be a power hitter for us at number six as a back-up to Kieron Pollard, it gives us good options to fall back on when we need that backup option. He’s a left-handed and that’s a plus, ”said Jayawardene.

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Before the auction, Mumbai Indians had retained Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare (WK), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah , Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni and Mohsin Khan.

South African all-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive player in IPL history when he was picked by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore. RCB bought the New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson for Rs 15 crore. Arjun Tendulkar was picked up by Mumbai Indians for its base price of Rs 20 lakh.

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