Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar is all set to lend his foot at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground – a venue where his father averages a staggering 157 in Test cricket and 43.50 in ODIs. It was at the SCG where Sachin recorded his first Test ton (148 not out) in Australia as an 18-year-old back in 1992.
Subsequently, the Master Blaster went on to compile two more Test tons in Sydney – 241* in Steve Waugh’s last Test in the 2004 tour and 154* in the controversial monkey-gate Test of 2008. Following the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, Sachin also scored a match-winning ODI century (117*) in the all-important final of CB Series.
Almost six years since Sachin’s last match the SCG, it will be his son Arjun’s turn to grace the holy ground on Sunday (January 14). The junior Tendulkar is gearing up to play for the Cricket Club of India in a Twenty20 match as part of the Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge, a tournament organzied by SCG Cricket.
There is also the talk of Little Master’s presence at the ground to see his son play. It is pertinent to mention here that Tendulkar was given the honorary life membership of the SCG during India’s tour of Australia in 2011-12. The batting genius’ name is also etched on the SCG honour boards.
In the past, Arjun has also represented Mumbai’s under-14 and under-16 teams but he grabbed eyeballs when he gave an injury scare to England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow during the net-session at Lord’s in July this year.
In contrast to his father, Arjun is more fascinated towards fast bowling and he often spotted in the nets rolling his left arm. During the 2017 Women’s World Cup in England, he was seen bowling to the Indian women’s batter in the nets.
Renowned cricket correspondent Melinda Farrell had posted a video on Twitter prior to the Women’s World Cup final and captioned it as: “Sachin Tendulkar's son, Arjun, is one of the net bowlers for India women today. Bowling t Veda here.”