Listed as player No 212 in the IPL player auction in Chennai on Thursday, the 21-year-old’s name was the last to come in the auction, with only MI bidding for him. Just a few days back, on February 14, Tendulkar out in a superb all-round show, smashing a 31-ball unbeaten 77 and picked up three for 41 to help MIG Cricket Club rout Islam Gymkhana by 194 runs in a Police Invitation Shield game.
In January, Tendulkar was added to the Mumbai squad along with fellow pacer Krutik Hanagavadi as an additional member after the BCCI allowed 22-member squads for the Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. The youngster played two games, in which he bowled seven overs and conceded 67 runs, taking two wickets. Batting at No 11, he scored three.
Over the years, Tendulkar has been a regular sight in the India and the MI nets.
“Arjun is a talented and hard-working boy. As a former India fast bowler, I can say that, and you can mark my words: Arjun will play for India in the next five years,” Mumbai chief selector Salil Ankola told TOI recently.
In the last few years, Tendulkar, starting from the under-14 level, has played for Mumbai in all age-group teams, and even played for the Mumbai senior team in invitational tournaments. He was a part of the India Under-19 team which toured Sri Lanka in 2018 for two four-day matches, and has been a regular in Team India and Mumbai Indians’ net sessions. In 2017, bowling to England’s batsmen at Lord’s, he had badly injured Jonny Bairstow’s toe with a searing yorker.