Why Arjun Tendulkar’s selection is right ahead of Pranav Dhanawade

An unwanted controversy erupted a couple of days back when Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun was picked for West Zone Under-16 team. A false story of uncalled-for comparison between Arjun and Pranav Dhanawade, the wonder boy who had scored 1,000 runs in an innings some time back, started doing the rounds on social media.

While the comparison between the two was completely baseless, people started reacting to the story on emotional grounds as it asked why a superstar’s son was picked despite poor performance while a driver’s son was not picked despite scoring a record-1000 run innings. It took Dhanawade’s father Prashant to come out and clear the air by saying that the team was picked from the MCA U-16 team which Arjun was a part of. Since Pranav did not play for MCA, he was ineligible for selection and the fuss was completely unwarranted. ALSO READ: Pranav Dhanawade’s father clears air on the Under-16 selection controversy surrounding his son and Arjun Tendulkar.

A day later, Pranav’s coach Mubin Sheikh also came out in support of the cricketer’s father and said that it is not fair to compare the two and also appealed not to pressurise the young batsman. “I heard there is a lot of talk about Pranav’s non selection in the West Zone U-16 squad, but we are not sad and not even thinking about it. In cricket, you cannot talk about things that are not is our control”, a report in the daily DNA quoted him as saying.

The coach further said that Pranav still has to cover a lot of ground and has a long way to go before making it to the next level. “He was destined to play that innings of 1,000 runs. Before that innings he was ordinary, but after playing that knock, he has only improved by leaps and bounds,” he said. “However, he still has time. Maybe another two years to even make it to the U-19 team. We don’t need to pressurise him. Just let him enjoy the game,” he added.

On comparisons between good friends Arjun and Pranav, Sheikh said: “It is unfair to both the kids. Pranav and Arjun are friends and have played together for MIG. Arjun is a good cricketer. It all the more sad considering his father has done the country proud so many times. One should not indulge in these thoughts,” he concluded. Hopefully after reading what Dhanawade’s father and coach have to say on this selection controversy, some sanity will prevail and people will talk on facts, not emotions. More importantly, they will leave these two young guys alone and let them concentrate on their careers; for both of them have bright ones ahead of them.