The Mumbai Indians have dropped Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar for the second consecutive IPL season without being given a chance. In this mega auction, Arjun was brought back to Mumbai for Rs 30 lakh. Mumbai had invested Rs 25 lakh in the 2021 auction.
We are expected that Arjun would play this time when he missed out on a chance to make his debut last season. Mumbai’s playoff hopes were dashed too early, but the team management refused to give the player a chance. There was a lot of criticism against this. Mumbai bowling coach and former legendary fast bowler Shane Bond have clarified why Arjun is not playing now.
Before considering Mumbai’s playing XI, Arjun has a few things to do. Being part of the squad when playing for a team like Mumbai Indians is one thing, but getting to the playing XI is another. Arjun still has a lot of hard work to do and has to grow.
When you play at this level, there is a line between giving the game to everyone, but you also have to earn your place. Before earning a place in the playing XI, Arjun should improve his batting and fielding. Shane Bond also explained that he hopes to make progress and earn a spot on the team.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar had expressed the same opinion about Arjun. Tendulkar’s son advised him to improve his game instead of thinking about his place in the playing XI.
Mumbai Indians have tested a handful of new players in the playing XI for the current IPL. Tilak Verma, Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Sanjay Yadav, Kumar Karthikeyan, Dewald Brevis and Tristan Stubbs have all debuted with Mumbai this year season. 22-year-old Arjun Idam Kaiyan is not only a fast bowler but also an all-rounder. In domestic cricket, he has played in only two T20s for Mumbai.