Arjun Tendulkar © Getty Images
Arjun Tendulkar is in West Zone squad for inter-zonal tournament which starts on May 24 © Getty Images

Arjun Tendulkar, son of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar has been selected in the under-16 team for inter-zonal tournament. OM Bhonsale will be the team’s captain while Neel Jadhav will keep wickets. The tournament will be played in Hubli starting May 24, 2016. Snehal Parekh, who is the secretary of Baroda Cricket Association announced the squad. The squad was selected by All India Junior Selection Committee on Monday. Rakesh Parikh, chairman of the committee had taken charge of the meeting. Other members of the selection committee were Tushar Arothe, Shantanu Sugwekar, Samir Dighe and J Krishna Rao. There are 15 players selected in the squad and five are stand-byes. READ: Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun’s picture in admit card of UP Grade 10 board student!

According to a report by zeenews.india.com, Under-16 squad has the following 15 players: OM Bhosale (c), Neel Jadhav (wk), Vasudev Patil, Suved Parker, Smit Patel, Sanpreet Bagga, Yashashvi Jaiswal, Divyansh Saxena, Arjun Tendulkar, Yogesh Dongre, Atharva Ankolekar, Suraj Suryal, Siddharth Desai, Akash Pandey and Mukund Sardar. The five stand-bye players are Kiran More, Satyalakshaya Jain, Nihar Bhuyan, Vignesh Solanki, Vaibhav Patil. Talking of Arjun, it was reported earlier by Times of India that he was likely to play the role of a younger Sachin in his father’s biopic. READ: Sachin Tendulkar urges Mumbai U-16 cricketers to concentrate on basics

The makers of the movie were in hunt of some suitable to play Sachin, finally came to the conclusion that Arjun would be the most apt to play the role of younger Sachin. It will be like poetic justice to see Arjun play the role of his father. Sachin had said that acting on-screen was way tougher than playing cricket, “For so many years, I did whatever I wanted to do and the camera captured that. Suddenly I was asked to do particular things and then the camera captured that, so it was a bit different for me. Believe me, the first option was better.”