Sachin expresses happiness over son Arjun’s first cricketing milestone

Heather Diaz
June 8, 2018

Anuj Rawat and Aryan Juyal will lead the India under-19 four-day and one-day teams respectively for the Sri Lanka tour, which will be held from July 11 to August 11. The four-day squad will be captained by 18-year-old Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Anuj Rawat, who had scored two half-centuries, including one on debut, in as many matches for Delhi during the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy.

Arjun was part of a group of 25 U-19 cricketers who were reportedly selected to attend a camp as part of Zonal Cricket Academy in Dharamsala in the lead up to the Sri Lanka tour. It is an important milestone in his cricketing life.

Head coach: W.V. Raman. Arjun's action has had to be remodelled after he suffered from two stress fractures that ruled him out of cricket for close to a year in 2016-17. If he develops and improves his game according to expectations, he is expected to be a future member of the Indian worldwide side with players of his skill set being a rare commodity in the global circuit.

Tendulkar didn't make the one-day squad for the same series.

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Sachin, revered in cricket-mad India, also began his career with Mumbai's junior team before being picked for the senior side at the age of 15. During the 2017-18 Cooch Behar Trophy, Arjun picked up 19 wickets in five matches, including two five-wicket hauls, for Mumbai Under-19. He picked up four wickets to bowl Namibia out for 49. "So it's better he gets some match practice", the source said. In terms of swing, especially bringing the ball back into the right-hander, he's become a lot more accurate and hits the right areas.

He has bowled to the Indian team in the nets and has also bowled to the members of Indian women's team, ahead of the final of the World Cup at Lord's past year.

The 18-year-old has also regularly featured in net sessions involving worldwide teams in recent times including the one in England where he yorked Jonny Bairstow to cause an injury scare ahead of the Test match against South Africa at Lord's last year. He even dismissed the great Brian Lara during an exhibition match in 2015. In the same match, Arjun claimed eight wickets to guide Dhirubhai Ambani International School to victory against the Jamnabai Narsee School. But he is no mug with the bat either.

However, there were plenty, who congratulated Arjun addressing him as 'Son of God of Cricket.' This was in reference to Tendulkar's nickname as the God of Cricket.

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