Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun’s selection in the Mumbai under-14 squad has started controversy, with the parents of several non-selected players asking the presence of the latter in the team. As per the Times of India, numerous deserving budding players were left out.
Bhupen Lalwani from Don Bosco (Matunga) wasn’t picked, even though he scored an unbeaten 398 off 277 balls against the IES Modern School in Giles Shield (Elite Division). Also, spinner Satyak Patel, who holds a solid record, was left out too. In the context of performance, Arjun Tendulkar’s very last best knock came last year in the Mumbai under-14 trials at Khar Gymkhana. He scored 70 a week ago, which is his next best score.
In June last year, he was named in the Mumbai under-14 probables list for an off-season coaching camp. That selection had come on the back of excellent performances in school cricket and local age group cricket. The left-hander is also good pacer. He finished with statistics of 8 for 22, helping Dhirubhai Ambani International School beat Jamnabai Narsse School in November 2012.
The 12-year old made his debut in January a year ago in the Cadence Trophy in Pune. He’d scored 65 runs against PCMC Varroc Vengsarakar CA.