IPL 2023: “I see no issue with his pace”- Brett Lee advises Arjun Tendulkar to not listen to his critics

Tendulkar picked 1/9 in his 2 overs for MI against GT.

Arjun Tendulkar picked 1/9 in his 2 overs for MI against GT | BCCI-IPL Australian pace legend Brett Lee has advised Mumbai Indians (MI) bowler Arjun Tendulkar to not listen to critics and keyboard warriors online, saying that he has all the talent in the world and his pace will increase once he gets comfortable bowling in a team environment.

Arjun Tendulkar has seen both ends of the spectrum in his short IPL career so far. After taking a wicket in the last over against Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL 2023 match, Arjun conceded 48 runs in three overs against Punjab Kings.

In that match, he also conceded 31 runs in one over, which is the second-costliest over by a MI bowler.

In MI’s latest 55-run loss to Gujarat Titans (GT), Tendulkar returned figures of 1/9 in 2 overs, getting the scalp of Wriddhiman Saha. It was a nice comeback by Tendulkar junior, four days after being smacked for 48 runs in three overs by Punjab Kings.

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Despite gathering praise for his brilliant bowling, Arjun Tendulkar has been criticized for his lack of pace. Former Australia pacer Brett Lee opened up on the criticism that he has been facing.

"You will have people criticize almost everything. If you look at Sandeep Sharma, he has been bowling at 120 kph. Arjun is bowling way faster than that. He is only 23 years of age and he has got his whole career ahead of him. My advice will be don't listen to critics," Brett Lee said in an interaction facilitated by Jio Cinema.

"Like his dad had to go through like he misses out and gets a low score, you got to back yourself. He has got some wonderful skills. He can bowl at 140 kph so as soon as he gets comfortable bowling in the team environment, and gets more comfortable playing in front of the big lights and big crowd, his pace will increase. I see no issue with his pace. I know how fast he can bowl. He has got all the talent and all the right attributes. So my advice would be to keep doing what you have been doing and don't listen to those people who are trying to have a go at him because remember most people who will criticized on social media have never bowled a ball in their life. They are keyboard warriors,” Lee added.

(PTI inputs)


By Jatin Sharma - 26 Apr, 2023

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