Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun’s selection in the Mumbai under-14 team has sparked controversy, with the parents of many non-selected cricketers questioning the presence of the latter in the squad.
According to the Times of India, several deserving budding cricketers were left out. Bhupen Lalwani from Don Bosco (Matunga) was not selected, even though he scored an unbeaten 398 off 277 balls against IES Modern School in Giles Shield (Elite Division).
Furthermore, spinner Satyak Patel, who holds a strong record, was left out too.
In context of performance, Arjun’s last best knock came last year in the Mumbai under-14 trials at Khar Gymkhana. He scored 70 last week, which is his next best score.
In June last year, he was named in the Mumbai under-14 probables list for an off-season training camp. That selection had come at the back of good performances in school cricket and local age group cricket.
The left-hander is also talented pacer. He finished with figures of eight for 22, helping Dhirubhai Ambani International School defeat Jamnabai Narsse School in November 2012.
The 12-year old made his debut in January last year in the Cadence Trophy in Pune. He had scored 65 runs against PCMC Varroc Vengsarakar CA.
Sometime ago, in an interview with the Time magazine, Tendulkar had spoken about his son’s craze for cricket. He said, "As long as he is in love with cricket, it's fine. Then you don't look at your watch or count the number of hours you've practiced. It's the sheer joy and satisfaction of being on the field. And that's what I want [for him]. I believe cricket starts from your heart and then it travels up to your brain as you grow older. First you have to be in love with the game, and my son is in love with cricket."
First Published: January 13, 2013, 12:46 pm