Growing up, every time Arjun was spotted in cricket gear, it renewed hopes of Sachin fans to see another Tendulkar of the same pedigree wearing the India jersey – this time as a left-arm pacer who can wield the willow in the lower middle-order. That weight of expectations became heavier along with the base price of Rs 20 lakh that Arjun pocketed for his first IPL contract, with the Mumbai Indians.
Arjun has trained with MI a lot in the nets over the years; now he will play for them as well.
The 21-year-old Arjun started getting the feel of cricket whenever he used to interact with international players while Sachin played for India. As he added inches to his tall frame (6 feet 2 inches), visuals of Wasim Akram talking to him made news, followed by his toe-crushing yorker to England’s Jonny Bairstow in the nets.
Arjun made his senior Mumbai debut earlier this year, after he was selected for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and played two matches, taking two wickets.
Before that, Arjun played for the Mumbai U-19 team while coming up through the ranks in age-group cricket.
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The highlight of his Under-19 career has been making his debut for the India U-19 team in 2018, when he travelled as part of the squad for two Youth Tests in Sri Lanka.
Days before the IPL Auction, Arjun added another bullet point to his resume when he shone with both bat and ball for the MIG Cricket Club.
Playing in the Police Invitation Shield tournament, Arjun smashed 77 off just 31 balls, including eight sixes, of which five were hit in the same over. He went on to add three wickets to his all-round performance in his team’s win.
That, perhaps, sealed the IPL deal for him, with the five-time champions.