IPL 2021 auction: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar can stir a bidding war in the IPL 2021 auctions, which is set to take place on February 18 in Chennai. The 21-year-old pacer has entered the IPL auction for the very first time and has set his base price at Rs 20 lakh.
Notably, Arjun is regular in Mumbai’s junior circuit and he recently made his senior team debut in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. The southpaw is also among players shortlisted players for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which is scheduled to begin from February 20.
Here we take a look at top 3 reasons why Arjun Tendulkar can cause a bidding war in the upcoming IPL 2021 auction.
Raw Talent: Arjun has shown on many occasions that he can belong in the big stage if he continues his development. Notably, he scored a scintillating 106 in a Mumbai Under-16 match during Payyade Trophy. Also, in 2017, bowling at the England cricket team at Lord’s, Arjun had spoiled Jonny Bairstow’s net session with a toe-crushing yorker.
Moreover, Arjun is a left-arm seamer and has the ability to get the ball away from the batsman from an uncomfortable angle.
Also, it is worth mentioning that Arjun has age on his side which makes him a future investment for sure and what investment to make. He is young and can play for a decade and a half easily.
Commercial value: Arjun’s presence in IPL will also bring media attention, a fact with which the franchises are well-versed with. Hence, the team which will grab the youngster in the IPL 2021 auction, is likely to see the increase in their commercial and brand value. Moreover, being Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun can influence the number of fans a team attracts.
Mumbai Indians: With Sachin Tendulkar their mentor, MI will aim to keep the junior Tendulkar in their team and can trigger the bidding war. Also, Arjun has been with Mumbai Indians for a couple of years as a net bowler and he even travelled to UAE with the team for IPL 2020 and gained much-needed experience which makes it more likely that the defending champions will bod for him. Interestingly, Arjun would also feel comfortable in and around the Mumbai camp – a team he has grown up rooting for.