Sachin Tendulkar and Arjun Tendulkar during a practice session Image: Twitter
The Indian team sheet will once again have the famous Tendulkar surname and no, Sachin Tendulkar is not making a huge comeback. Arjun, Sachin's 18-year-old son, has been included in the Indian U-19 side for two four-day games against Sri Lanka.
Arjun is a left-arm fast bowler and a handy lower middle-order batsman. 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 has one five-wicket haul (5/95) against Madhya Pradesh.
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."
Tendulkar senior expressed his happiness about his son's selection and said, "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."
Arjun has trained under former India fast bowler Subroto Banerjee, a close friend of Tendulkar.
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(With inputs from PTI)