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IPL 2021 – Mumbai Indians picked Arjun Tendulkar ‘purely on a skill basis’

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“He has to show all the coaching staff and the think tank that he has got the goods to belong there”

The Mumbai Indians’ leadership has come out in unequivocal endorsement of 21-year-old left-arm medium-pacer Arjun Tendulkar, and backed what they described as a measured decision to pick him up at the IPL 2021 auction.

Arjun, Sachin Tendulkar‘s son, was among the Mumbai Indians net bowlers during last year’s IPL – he has bowled in the Indian national team’s nets more than once too – and was the last player to be picked during the accelerated part of the auction on Thursday. He made his senior debut for Mumbai during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last month, and picked up two wickets at an economy of 9.57. Minutes after he was selected, Indian Twitter trends around him – and his father, who is part of the Mumbai Indians set-up – took a critical tilt, with murmurs of nepotism.

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