Cricket is a religion in India and cricketers are treated as demigods. Only a handful of players get a chance to represent the country on the biggest stage, and only a few of them pass on the legacy to their sons.
There are a few talented star kids who have followed in the footsteps of their fathers and have gone on represent India at the world stage. While there are some who are waiting in the wings.
Sachin Tendulkar and Arjun Tendulkar
Sachin is undoubtedly the biggest name in Indian cricket, even after his retirement in 2013. He is the only batsman in the world to score 100 tons across all formats, and is the leading run-scorer in Tests and ODIs.
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Arjun Tendulkar is a familiar name in the junior domestic circuit. Unlike his father, Arjun is a left-arm fast bowler and he looks up to the likes of Mitchell Starc and Ben Stokes. Arjun had recently impressed one and all with his bowling in the Cooch Behar Trophy. He was included in U-19 side for the two four-day games against Sri Lanka. If the left-arm pacer continues with the good work, he could go on to represent the country in future.
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Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi and Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi
Nawab of Pataudi Senior is the only player ever who has represented both India and England in the longest format of the game. Iftikhar slammed a ton on his Ashes debut at SCG and also played three matches for India after donning the English colours in three matches.
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MAK Pataudi or Tiger Pataudi, as he was popularly known because of his fearless leadership, led India in 40 Tests after being named the skipper at the young age of 21. Under him, India won their first overseas Test against New Zealand in 1967.
Lala Amarnath and Mohinder Amarnath
The most illustrious father-son duo to have played for India are Lala Amarnath and Mohinder Amarnath. Lala holds the distinction of being India's first skipper after independence. Although Lala played just 24 Tests in his career, he left a lasting impression on Indian cricket by also playing the roles of selector, coach and a manager.
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His son Mohinder featured in 69 Tests in which he scored 4378 runs, including 11 centuries. Mohinder was a part of the team that lifted the historic 1983 World Cup at Lord’s.
Vijay Manjrekar and Sanjay Manjrekar
Vijay Manjrekar was regarded as one of the best players of fast bowling, when India didn’t have too many of them. After making his debut in 1952, Vijay featured in 55 Tests for the country in which he scored 3208 runs that included 7 tons and 15 fifties.
Although Sanjay Manjrekar never fulfilled the early promise that he showed with the bat, he carved out a more than decent career for himself. Sanjay played 37 Tests and 74 ODIs for India, in which he scored 2043 and 1994 runs respectively.
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Sunil Gavaskar and Rohan Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar was regarded as one of the finest batsman in the world, let alone India. The Little Master broke record after record and set multiple new ones during his stint in the Indian team. He became the first cricketer ever to breach the 10,000 run mark and 30 tons.
Following in the footsteps of his legendary father was always going to be difficult for Rohan Gavaskar. But credit goes to him as he realised his dream of playing for India. Even though the left-handed batsman could not achieve the heights like his father, Rohan played 11 ODIs and managed to score a fifty.
Yograj Singh and Yuvraj Singh
This father-son duo is a bit different as in this case the son went onto have a hugely successful career as compared to his father. While Yograj featured in merely one Test and six ODIs for India, Yuvraj went onto become one of the most explosive batsman that the world has seen.
Yuvraj played a massive role in India’s WT20 win in South Africa in 2007 and also the World Cup win in 2011. Apart from these two wins, Yuvraj also etched his name in history books by slamming six sixes in an over to Stuart Broad.
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Roger Binny and Stuart Binny
Roger Binny was one of the most versatile all-rounders for India. The highlight of Roger’s career was India’s title winning campaign at the 1983 World Cup, where he finished as the top wicket-taker (18).
Like his father, Stuart is a medium pacer and a middle-order batsman. Although, he featured in just six Tests and fourteen ODIs, he is best remembered for his stunning figures of 6/4 against Bangladesh in 2014.
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