Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian Cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar has opted out of the upcoming Mumbai T20 league. The left-arm seamer is working on his remodelled action and doesn’t feel he’s tournament-ready yet. It’s a decision that the 18-year-old has taken after consulting his illustrious father, who, it’s learnt, was on the same page on the issue.
“His body has grown very quickly in the last couple of years - you can see the difference in his growth almost every couple of months, and perhaps as a result of that, has suffered two back-to-back stress fractures, which saw him ruled out for almost a year. He’s gone through a lot. Every ball of his is monitored by his coach Atul Gaikwad, a Pune based-coach-cum-bio-mechanist, who has been working closely on his bowling action,” a source close to Tendulkar told TOI on Wednesday.
The close source the revealed the reason behind Arjun skipping the tournament. “From January 8, Arjun has been working on his bowling action. This is the time to do it since the season has just finished. Right now, he’s at a stage where he’s looking to remodel his action. He was slightly confused that would he have bowled with a new action or stick to the old one, if he had played, and consulted his father about it. He felt that it would be too soon to bowl with a remodelled action because he hadn’t even started bowling properly (with the new action),” said the source.
“Tendulkar advised that if he wasn’t ready to compete, then he shouldn’t play in the league. The batting great felt that the tournament was a stage for him to perform, and not rectify his action. For him, it was important that Arjun takes one step at a time, and plays only when he’s confident about his new action. Arjun is after all, just 18, and has a long way to go. He then informed the MCA officials today about it,” the source concluded.