Arjun Tendulkar, son of legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, rolled his arm over to English batsmen ahead of their second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s.
England team management invited him to join the net bowlers at Lord’s after Arjun, 15, who reportedly made a request the previous day. The cricket maestro’s son bowled to the England batsmen during the team’s practice session at Lord’s.
The England team is preparing for their second Ashes Test against Australia that is scheduled to start on Thursday.
Arjun Tendulkar is a left-handed medium pace bowler and with the Aussies possessing the likes of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson, this was seen as ideal practice material for the host batsmen.
Neil Burns, the former county keeper who now mentors several players and is a friend of the Tendulkar family, made the initial request. Burns asked Paul Farbrace, the England assistant coach, if Arjun could watch training on Tuesday and then if he could participate on Wednesday.
The Lord’s official twitter account broke the news initially which later went viral. The Mumbai lad is an all-rounder and he thrashed 188 off just 42 balls for Dhirubhai Ambani International School U-16’s in September 2014.
Master-blaster, who owns an apartment near Lord’s was actually enjoying the Tennis action at the Royal Box in Wimbledon when Arjun has been a regular visitor at the MCC Academy. During this year’s IPL, Arjun met Wasim Akram, who gave him some advice on left-arm swing bowling.
“He is as enthusiastic as any 15 year old passionate about cricket in India and Pakistan would be,” Wasim told NDTV. “I gave him some general tips about fitness and wrist position. …I told him to practice it for three months and then I promised him to teach how to take the ball away from right-hander.”