Arjun Tendulkar has been selected to represent Under-19 Indian Cricket team for the upcoming Sri-Lanka tour next month. The team will play five one-day international matches and two four-day matches in Sri Lanka in July. The junior Tendulkar is the only son of Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, and just like his father he is selected for the big leagues to play for his country in the Blue jersey.
The 18 year old is a left-arm fast bowler and also bats at the lower-middle order as he plays for Mumbai. He was picked as part of a 15-member squad by the country´s junior selection committee, according to a press release by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). On Thursday, two U-19 India squads were announced in Bengaluru(four-day squad to play two matches and one-day squad to play five matches). Arjun was picked only for the four-day squad and will not play in the one-day squad.
Leading the four-day squad is the 18-year old Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Anuj Rawat, who has two half centuries for Delhi in the Ranji 2017-18 Trophy on his name including one on his debut. And the one-day squad will be led by the 16-year-old Uttar Pradesh wicketkeeper-batsman Aryan Juyal, who had played two matches in the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier this year and was part of the Under-19 World Cup winning team in January. The one-days will be played from 11 July to 11 August after the four-day games.
Earlier Arjun had been picked in the Mumbai Under-19 one-day tam for the JY Lele invitational tournament in September last year. Arjun has a record of 18 wickets from five Cooch Behar Trophy (National U-19) games. He currently ranks 43rd in the list of wicket-takers for the season. He had one five wicket haul (5/95) against Madhya Pradesh.
On his son’s selection the legendary cricketer said “We are happy on Arjun being selected in India U-19 team. It is an important milestone in his cricketing life. Anjali (Tendulkar) and I will always support Arjun in his choices and pray for his success.”
The junior Tendulkar has also bowled in the nets in at Lord’s Test between England and South Africa in 2017, he sent Jonny Bairstow off with an injury scare when he struck him on the toe with a yorker. Arjun also bowled in the India nets during the home series against New Zealand last year. Arjun has trained under the former Indian fast bowler Subroto Banerjee, while also bowling in India nets in a fast bowlers’ camp organized by BCCI at Dharamsala.
Squad details for four-day games: Anuj Rawat (Captain & WK), Atharva Taide, Devdutt Padikkal, Aryan Juyal (VC & WK), Yash Rathod, Ayush Badoni, Sameer Choudhary, Siddharth Desai, Harsh Tyagi, Y.D. Mangwani, Arjun Tendulkar, Nehal Wadhera, Akash Pande, Mohit Jangra, Pawan Shah.
Squad details for One-dayers: Aryan Juyal (Captain & WK), Anuj Rawat (WK), Devdutt Padikkal, Atharva Taide, Yash Rathod, Ayush Badoni, Sameer Choudhary, Siddharth Desai, Harsh Tyagi, Y.D. Mangwani, Ajay Devgaud, Y. Jaiswal, Mohit Jangra, Akash Pande, Pawan Shah.