Son of former Indian captain Sachin Tendulkar, Arjun, is tipped to make his debut for Mumbai U-19 in the upcoming Vinoo Mankad Trophy, which is due to start next week.
The U-19 selection committee of Mumbai Cricket Association led by Rajesh Pawar named Agni Chopra as the captain of the team for the first two games – against Baroda on 9th October, and against Saurashtra on 10th October in Mumbai.
The 15-member squad comprises of youngsters including wrist-spinner Yashasvi Jaiswal, left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar and Anjadeep Lad.
Pawar insisted that he was impressed with the all-round performance of Arjun Tendulkar in the trials for selection: “He will be our main all-rounder. I saw a lot of improvement in his game. ”
“When we played in Baroda recently, he bowled well and during our two practice matches here in Mumbai, he bowled and batted well. I consider him as a bowling all-rounder of the team,” Pawar spoke yesterday.
The 18-year-old has already represented Mumbai in the U-16 tournament back in the 2015-16 season while he also represented Parel Cricket Club in the ‘B’ division of the recently-concluded Dr HD Kanga Cricket League.
Rajesh Pawar on the other hand is confident about his team’s chances of winning the trophy, regardless of having fresh names. “We have a very good team. Most of these players will be playing in under-19 category for the first time. It depends on how quickly they pick up from here. I am confident they will raise the bar,” he said.
Agni Chopra (c), Dhruv Brid (wk), Abhimany Vashisht, Anjadeep Lad, Arjun Tendulkar, Atharva Ankolekar, Divyansh Saxena, Farhan Kazi, Karan Shah, Sagar Chhabaria, Saksham Jha, Satyalaksha Jain, Sylvester Dsouza, Tanush Kotian, Yashasvi Jaiswal.