Arjun Tendulkar made his Indian Premier League debut as Mumbai Indians opted to bowl first against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.
Sachin and Arjun Tendulkar now become the first father-son duo to play in the Indian Premier League. Sachin Tendulkar played for MI from 2008 to 2013.
Arjun, who played first-class cricket for Goa last season, has also played T20 cricket for Mumbai in the past. He is a left-arm seamer who can be handy with the bat too, scoring a century on first-class debut for Goa.
Arjun opened the bowling for MI, bowling a couple of overs in the powerplay.
Sachin Tendulkar posted a message on social media later, saying: “Arjun, today you have taken another important step in your journey as a cricketer. As your father, someone who loves you and is passionate about the game, I know you will continue to give the game the respect it deserves and the game will love you back. You have worked very hard to reach here, and I am sure you will continue to do so. This is the start of a beautiful journey. All the best!”
Also making his debut was Duan Jansen, the twin brother of Marco Jansen who has played for MI in the past. Marco plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.
Suryakumar Yadav came out for the toss for MI on Sunday, with Rohit Sharma out due to a stomach bug. The Indian captain though was named as a substitute and could be an Impact Player.
MI’s women’s team captain Harmanpreet Kaur was also present for the toss with Mumbai Indians marking Education and Sports For All Day. The MI men’s team are wearing the MI women’s team kit from the Women’s Premier League.