Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun included in India U-19 team


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. He had also bowled in the India nets during the home series against New Zealand previous year.

Aashish Kapoor, Gyanendra Pandey and Rakesh Parikh - India Under-19 selectors - named Delhi wicketkeeper-batsman Anuj Rawat as the captain for the four-day squad.

Mumbai: Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar, was on Thursday named in an Under-19 squad for two four-day matches in Sri Lanka.

Arjun has also represented Mumbai in U-19 cricket, having collected a five-wicket haul against Madhya Pradesh in a Cooch Behar Trophy match in November previous year. Finally, the day arrived when he was picked for the first time in the India U19 team which will most probably start his journey towards the glory.

Last year, Arjun was seen bowling at the India nets during the home series against New Zealand in Mumbai while a toe-crushing yorker that he sent down to Jonny Bairstow in the nets in England, had left the latter with an injury scare.

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Wyatt responded to the tweet from ICC, and no wonder was happy for the 18-year-old.

"There is a clear direction from BCCI and coach Rahul Dravid that those who will surpass 19 by this year should not be selected even if they have performed". Let them play Ranji Trophy. Most of the bowlers above him are spinners with only Ajay Dev Goud (33 wickets) being a genuine all-rounder. "He is a slow medium bowler while Arjun is quick bowler". "So a lot of boys ahead of Arjun are disqualified". Asked if the youngster will be under pressure, the senior official said: "He is eyeing to become a professional cricketer".

Arjun, a left-arm pacer, had earlier been part of a National Cricket Academy (NCA) camp alongside 25 other U-19 players that took place last week at Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, according to The Tribune.

WV Raman has been given an extension and will be the coach of this team as Dravid will be with the A squad in England. 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. The 18-year-old, who has made his presence felt on the field by often tagging along and practising with his ingenious father, is now part of a squad that will play two four-day matches in July.