Arjun Tendulkar Joins Mumbai Indians At Base Price In IPL 2021 Auction, Twitter Reacts

The IPL 2021 auction took place in Chennai on February 18 and cricketer Arjun Tendulkar went to the Mumbai Indians franchise which is the same team his father Sachin played for before his retirement.

According to NDTV, the 21-year-old left-handed batsman and fast bowler was the last to come up in the auction and Mumbai Indians were the only team to bid at the base price of 20 lakhs.

This development has triggered a debate among cricket fans who are questioning whether the bid was based on nepotism or merit as in the two T20s that Arjun played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Mumbai, he picked up two wickets and scored only three runs.

Following the discussion online, Times Now News quoted head coach Mahela Jayawardene saying,

“We’ve looked at it purely on a skill basis. I mean, there is going to be a big tag on his head because of Sachin. But, luckily, he’s a bowler, not a batsman. So I think Sachin will be very proud if he could bowl like Arjun. I think it’s going to be a learning process for Arjun. He just started playing for Mumbai, and now the franchise. He will learn the ropes; he will evolve. He’s still young. A very focused young man. We have to give him time and hopefully not put a lot of pressure on him either. Just let him evolve and work his way up, and that’s what we’re there to help him to do.”

Director of Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan added, “I have spent a lot of time in the nets, trying to teach him a few tricks of the trade. He is a hard-working kid. He is keen on learning. That is an exciting part. The added pressure of being Sachin Tendulkar’s son will always be on him. It is something he needs to live with. The environment of the team will help him.”

But there are also those who believe that the trolling he is facing is unnecessary and he should be given time to prove his mettle on the cricket pitch.

Do you believe that there is favouritism involved or would it be better to discuss his performance once he has had a chance to play in the IPL?

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