Arjun Tendulkar
Arjun Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar thanked the Mumbai Indians(MI) team management and franchise officials for picking him up in the IPL Auction 2021 in Chennai on Thursday.

Even before the IPL 2021 auction started, all eyes were on Arjun Tendulkar, as to which team would bid for him and for what price. Eventually, Mumbai Indians did pick him up for a base price of Rs 20 lakh. The junior Tendulkar — a fast bowler in the making, thanked the team management and officials for picking him up.

Arjun Tendulkar thanked MI

The 21-year-old left armer released a video for the same.

In the video, he said, “Since childhood, I have been a die-hard fan of Mumbai Indians. I would like to thank the coaches, owners, and the support staff for showing faith in me. I can’t wait to put on the blue and gold (jersey),” Arjun Tendulkar said in a video message after the IPL 2021 auction.

Mumbai Indians, the five-time IPL champions, also posted a tweet welcoming the left-arm fast-bowling all-round to their set up.

“Cricket in his blood. Refined in the nets. Now ready to take the 22-yards by storm. Welcome home, Arjun Tendulkar!” Mumbai Indians posted on twitter after buying him at the auction.

Arjun, 21, has been earlier seen in the net sessions of the team. He was in UAE with the squad during the 13th edition of the IPL as well.

Arjun Tendulkar made his senior debut for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 during the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He leaked 34 runs for 1 wicket and did not get to face any ball after coming in to bat at the 11th position.

Arjun had been playing for Mumbai at the U-19 level and other age-group competitions. He was part of the Mumbai T20 league which was played in 2019.

Arjun Tendulkar has earlier represented Mumbai Under-19 and India Under-19. He was first picked for India U-19 in June 2018 for two four-day matches in Sri Lanka. He has been seen bowling in the Mumbai Indians and India nets on several occasions.