Mumbai Indians, which is one of the most successful franchises in the IPL history, has always been the home of India’s batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who hails from this city of dreams. Interestingly, Mumbai Indians has become the home to his son as well. His son Arjun Tendulkar was bought by the five-time IPL champions for his base price of Rs 20 lakhs.
Mumbai Indians bought seven players including Arjun Tendulkar in the IPL 2021 auctions as they fortified their already formidable squad. The defending champions filled the missing spots in their team in the IPL 2021 auction.
Former Indian cricketer and the director of the operation of Mumbai Indians, Zaheer Khan talked about the young all-rounder Arjun Tendulkar, who had recently made his senior debut in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. He said:
“I have spent a lot of time in the nets, trying to teach him some tricks of the trade, he is a hard working kid, he is keen on learning, it is an exciting part. The added pressure of being Sachin Tendulkar’s son will always be on him, it is something he needs to live with, the environment of the team will help him.
“It will help him become a good cricketer, how many times a youngster gets picked in the auction and everyone is talking about him, he has to prove himself and he has to show everyone he has the goods,”
Besides Arjun, Zaheer Khan also talked about buying Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jimmy Neesham in the auction. Nathan was their most expensive buy as he was acquired for RS. 5 crores. He said:
“It is a complete attack for sure, if you see how we have been stacking up for the squad, we have a good balance in our fast-bowling attack, we are happy to have Coulter-Nile back, we surely back him and he is going to add that balance to the squad, previous IPL, he was one of our top picks,”
Talking about Neesham, he said:
“He is someone who has capabilities of a good all-rounder, it is all about timing, we have timed it well. Neesham has the capabilities and that is what we all think, hence the opportunity. It is all about timing, it is all about getting a chance to prove yourself,”