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Arjun Tendulkar's Selection in India's U-19 Team Sparks Nepotism Debate on Twitter

Tendulkar Jr is already facing the heat.

Anurag Verma | News18@kitAnurag

Updated:June 8, 2018, 6:32 PM IST
Arjun Tendulkar's Selection in India's U-19 Team Sparks Nepotism Debate on Twitter
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The son of legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar, Arjun, was recently included in the U-19 side for the two four-day games against Sri Lanka.

Standing at 6 ft 1 inch, 18-year-old Arjun is a left-arm fast bowler and a handy lower middle-order batsman.

In an interview with BBC Sport in January, Tendulkar Jr said his dream was to play for India.

"I just grew taller and got stronger and I just loved bowling fast in my childhood. So I thought I might as well be a fast bowler because there's not many in India," he said

Arjun with his tally of 18 wickets from five Cooch Behar Trophy (National U-19) games is 43rd in the list of wicket-takers for the season. He had one five-wicket haul (5/95) against MP.

When a source close to the selection committee was asked how Arjun despite being 43rd in the wicket takers list made the cut, he explained: "If you look at the List, Arjun is the only genuine quick bowler who has more than 15 wickets. Most of the bowlers above him are spinners with only Ajay Dev Goud (33 wickets) being a genuine all-rounder. He is a slow medium bowler while Arjun is quick bowler."

Cricket lovers on Twitter were caught off guard by Tendulkar Jr's selection. Comparisons were drawn. From Rohan Gavaskar to Abhishek Bachchan, several names were thrown around, once again sparking a fresh debate on nepotism on the microblogging site. While others thanked the heavens that Tendulkar Jr was a fast bowler and would be scrutinised lesser.

Of course, there were many who were optimistic about Tendulkar Jr's selection. Following the social media outrage, cricket commentator and journalist-- Harsha Bhogle came in young pacer's defense.

"It is not "Sachin's son" who is picked for India U19. It is Arjun Tendulkar, a player in his own right and we must respect that," Bhogle tweeted.

For obvious reasons, the Tendulkar senior is a happy man.

"We are happy on Arjun being selected in India U-19 team. It is an important milestone in his cricketing life. Anjali (Tendulkar) and I will always support Arjun in his choices and pray for his success," Tendulkar said.
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