There was criticism from certain quarters when Arjun Tendulkar was selected for the India U-19 team. However, like his dad, the maestro Sachin Tendulkar has always done, Arjun too has managed to shut up critics with his on-field exploits.
Arjun Tendulkar, who is a left arm pacer unlike Sachin took a wicket early for his side against Sri Lanka Under-19 in the first Youth Test match which is being held at Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat. Captain Anuj Rawat got Arjun to bowl the first over of the match.
Tears of joy rolled down when I saw this, have seen him grow up and put in the hard work in his game. Could not be more happy for you, Arjun. This is just the beginning, I wish you tons and ton of success in the days to come. Cherish your first wicket and enjoy the moment.👌 pic.twitter.com/vB3OmbaTWM
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) July 17, 2018
And Arjun didn’t disappoint his skipper, as he got a wicket of the last ball of his second over. According to reports, Arjun trapped Kamil Mishara in front of the wicket to get his first scalp for India. Mishara is bit of a prodigy, who made his first-class debut at the age of 15.
India U19 Tour of Sri Lanka 2018, 1st Youth Test:
Sri Lanka U19 vs India U 19 at NCC
Day 1-Lunch: Sri Lanka U19 95/3* (26 overs)
NN Fernando 6*(23), P Sooriyabandara 1*(6),
A Tendulkar 5-18-1, Mohit Jangra 9-24-1, Harsh Tyagi 7-21-1; LIVE ON: https://t.co/50VYjRzELJ
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) July 17, 2018
India U-19 will play 2 Youth tests. This is the first outing for junior Tendulkar and fans will hope that Arjun will continue to make India proud in the future. Arjun Tendulkar had been earlier spotted in Indian nets, bowling to legends. Surely, he will like to bring that experience to play while bowling to the Lankan cricketers.
Earlier Indian bowling coach for U-19, Sanath Kumar had said about Arjun Tendulkar that “he will be like any other member of the team”.