Sachin Tendulkar with son Arjun    Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar with son Arjun Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar s son Arjun has decided to opt out of the Mumbai T20 league. Arjun wishes to improve his bowling action and believes is not tournament-ready yet. Arjun has taken the decision after consulting his father. The league will also be without players like Rohit Sharma and Shardul Thakur, who will be busy playing the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka around the same time.

Arjun impressed one and all with his performance in the recent Spirit of Cricket Global Challenge competition in Australia against Hong Kong. He scored a quickfire 28-ball 48 and went on to take 4 wickets in 4 overs. He also put up a remarkable performance in the Cooch Behar Trophy.

Sources close to Arjun explained to The Times of India (TOI): “From January 8, Arjun has been working on his bowling action. This is the time to do it since the season has just finished. Right now, he s at a stage where he s looking to remodel his action. He was slightly confused that would he have bowled with a new action or stick to the old one, if he had played, and consulted his father about it. He felt that it would be too soon to bowl with a remodelled action, because he hadn t even started bowling properly (with the new action).

“[Sachin] Tendulkar advised that if he wasn t ready to compete, then he shouldn t play in the league. The batting great felt that the tournament was a stage for him to perform, and not rectify his action. For him, it was important that Arjun takes one step at a time, and plays only when he s confident about his new action. Arjun is after all, just 18, and has a long way to go. He then informed the MCA officials today about it. It was a big decision, since he had a good season (he picked up 2 five-wicket hauls and a four-for in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy). Tendulkar himself is satisfied with his progress.”

Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar is the brand ambassador of the tournament that is scheduled to be held from March 11 to 21.