Sachin Tendulkar, who has retired from test matches and ODIs last year, is grooming his son to take the game seriously and as part of the training, Arjun Tendulkar will lead the Under 18 team of the Worli cricket Club to play in South Africa from November 2 to 15.
Avinash Kadam, owner of Worli CC, told Mid-day: “Arjun did exceptionally well when we toured South Africa last year. He was the highest run-scorer. Like his father, Arjun is a keen learner and has been part of our club for the last two years.”
The tour is mostly self-financed and in some cases sponsored by the corporate sector. Arjun tendulkar’s team will play 10 matches in all against some school teams in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Potchefstroom.
Sachin Tendulkar recently expressed apprehension that too much attention on his son’s cricket career may force him lose his lustre for cricket. But Arjun Tendulkar has already shown his talent scoring 118 runs off 42 balls in a Mumbai under-16 school tournament last month.
A left-arm seamer and left-handed opening batsman, Arjun wants to follow the footsteps of his father who entered test matches when he was just 16 years and continued unabated for 24 years.