Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun Tendulkar, has been in the Mumbai set-up in the Indian T20 League for two seasons now. However, he hasn’t got a chance to make his debut for the most successful team in the tournament just yet. Mumbai bowling coach Shane Bond has revealed why Arjun was benched during the season. The former New Zealand fast bowler emphasised that Arjun still has to grow as a player.
Mumbai played numerous other young players this season, including Tilak Varma, Dewald Brevis, Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Kumar Kartikeya, Tristan Stubbs, and Sanjay Yadav, while Arjun was passed over for the second season in a row. Bond stated that the 22-year-old must improve his batting and fielding before being considered for a spot in the starting XI.
“He’s got some work to go. When you’re playing for a team like Mumbai, making the squad is one thing but entering the playing XI is another. He still has a lot of hard work and development to do. When you play at this level, there’s a fine line between giving everyone a game… but you have to earn your spot too. Arjun needs to work on his batting and fielding before finding a place on the team. Hopefully, he can make those progressions and earn a spot in the team,” Bond told Sportskeeda.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar revealed the advice he gave his son. “My conversation with Arjun has always been that the path is going to be challenging, it is going to be difficult. You started playing cricket because you are in love with cricket, continue to do so, continue to work hard and results will follow,” Tendulkar had said on SachInsight.
Meanwhile, Arjun Tendulkar was expected to make his debut for Mumbai in their final match of the season against Delhi. On the other side, Mumbai’s performance this year fell far short of the high standards set by them. They finished their tournament with only four victories in 14 games, ending at the bottom of the standings.