IPL 2021 Auction: Arjun Tendulkar was sold to Mumbai Indians at its base price of Rs. 20 lakh.© Arjun Tendulkar / Instagram
Arjun Tendulkar, son of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, went to Mumbai Indians at the IPL 2021 auction for his base price of Rs. 20 lakh. Arjun’s was the last name that came up in the auction and Mumbai Indians were the only team to bid on the 21-year-old as he was taken over by the team his father had once played for. Arjun, who has bowled in Indian nets many times, played for India U-19 and recently made his debut for the senior Mumbai T20 team in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy just before the auction hit the right notes. He hit 77 runs off just 26 balls and took three wickets to help MIG Cricket Club win in the Police Shield Invitation Tournament in Mumbai.
Arjun, a left-handed batsman and fast left-arm bowler, comes in with a quality that IPL teams deliver – the variety left arm pacers bring.
In the two T20s, Arjun played for Mumbai this season, grabbing two wickets with a best of 1 for 33.
However, the experience Arjun brings in terms of learning from Indian players while bowling to them in the nets should serve him well in a tournament that is likely to be unlike anything he has played in his career so far .
For that, however, he will first have to make the Mumbai XI. To do that, he may have to compete against some of the veterans of T20 cricket who helped Mumbai become the team with the most number of titles in IPL history – five.
Mumbai extended their title run to an unprecedented five trophies in 2020 when they beat Delhi Capitals in the final.
Mumbai has also won the IPL in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. They are the second team after Chennai Super Kings to win back-to-back IPL titles – in 2019 and 2020.
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