Arjun Tendulkar, the son of Sachin Tendulkar, was picked in the Mumbai Under-19 side for the JY Lele All India invitational tournament in Baroda, which begins on September 16 and continues throughout the week.
Arjun, the left-arm seam-bowling allrounder, has previously played for the Mumbai Under-16 side.
If he does well, it could be a step towards official U-19 selection, and possibly the 2018 U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. Arjun turns 18 on September 24.
Arjun has bowled to India, England, and India Women at the nets when the teams were in England as his father owns property near Lord’s. He even gave Jonny Bairstow an injury scare after hitting the England wicketkeeper-batsman’s foot with a yorker ahead of the South Africa Test series in July.
Sachin hasn’t spoken too much about Arjun’s cricket over the years, though he did ask Subroto Banerjee, the former India medium pacer, to oversee his son’s progress in 2014.
“Arjun has a beautiful action, a high-arm action, a perfect action,” Banerjee had told Wisden India then. “I have been working with him, and it’s already helping. I can say that his action is very similar to Zaheer Khan’s action, with a good jump before delivery.
“It is a good fast bowler’s action. It comes naturally to him and he enjoys bowling fast. He will add more yards of pace as he gets older, but he bowls with decent pace for his age.”
Mumbai Under-19 squad: Agni Chopra, Divyansh Saxena, Bhupen Lalwani, Anjdeep Lad, Sagar Chabaria, Shoeb Khan, Satyalaksha Jain, Vedant Murkar, Dhruv Brid, Tanush Kotian, Nakul Mehta, Farhan Kazi, Atharva Ankolekar, Abhimanyu Vashisht, Arjun Tendulkar , Saksham Parashar, Saksham Jha, Sylvester Dsouza.