Amongst the most expected of the bids, one was Mumbai Indians going after Arjun Tendulkar, son of the legendary batsman and former Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar.
It was no surprise that Mumbai Indians bid for Arjun Tendulkar, who was also bought in the last auction by MI for his base price of 20 lakh.
This time, however, the MI members at the auction table were taken by surprise when, after their first bid of 20 lakh, Gujarat Titans jumped in the race and bid 25 lakh for Arjun. Owner Akash Ambani had a wry smile on his face looking at the Titans, one of the two new franchises and almost asking in a funny way that they should let MI have Arjun.
MI bid further for 30 lakh and Gujarat backed off letting the 5-time champions have the left-handed all-rounder. There were some laughs shared between Mumbai and Gujarat members in the auction room.
Seeing this, the Kolkata Knight Riders put up a hilarious tweet, explaining that it was so predictable that Mumbai Indians will go after Arjun Tendulkar no matter what.
Arjun Tendulkar to Mumbai Indians.#IPLAuction #TATAIPLAuction pic.twitter.com/Ar0HFQ33QP
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 13, 2022
Arjun Tendulkar didn’t get a chance to make into the eleven last season in the IPL. He has played two Syed Mushtaq Ali games last year for Mumbai, picking up 2 wickets and going at an expensive economy of 9.57. Arjun, a left-arm seam-bowling all-rounder, has also featured for the Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers side in the Second Eleven Twenty20 tournament in Coggeshall, Essex.
Arjun Tendulkar, 22, was also included in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy squad, captained by Prithvi Shaw, for the upcoming season.
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