NEW DELHI: The list of the Indian team will again have the famous Tendulkar surname, since the legendary son of Sachin Tendulkar Arjun was included in the U-19 team for the two four-day games against Sri Lanka.
Standing at 6 feet 1 inch, the 18-year-old Arjun is a fast-paced left-arm bowler and a practical low-order hitter. Two sub-19 squads from India were announced on Thursday in Bangalore with Anuj Rawat and Aryan Juyal at the helm.
The Tendulkar senior expressed his happiness for the selection of his son in the U-19 team of India.
“We are happy that Arjun has been selected in the U-19 team of India, it is an important milestone in his cricket life, Anjali (Tendulkar) and I will always support Arjun in his election and pray for his success,” he said. Tendulkar
However, an innocuous selection meeting became interesting as the three members of the selection committee consisting of Ashish Kapoor, Gyanendra Pandey and Rakesh Parikh selected Tendulkar junior for the longer version.
Arjun with his count of 18 five-game land of Cooch Behar Trophy (National Sub-19) is 43rd on the list of wicket-takers for the season. Had a fifth part of wicket (5/95) against MP.
By the way, Ayush Jamwal (50 terrains) of Himachal Pradesh is not on any of the teams since he is now over age.
“There is a clear indication on the part of the BCCI and coach Rahul Dravid that those who exceed 19 this year should not be selected, even if they have shown up, let them play Ranji Trophy according to Rahul, so many guys ahead of them. of Arjun are disqualified, “said a senior BCCI official.
However, Harsh Tyagi (49 wickets), a left arm spinner from Delhi is in both squadrons.
When a source close to the selection committee was asked how Arjun, despite being 43rd on the list of candidates, said: “If you look at the List, Arjun is the only genuine fast bowler who has more than 15 terrains of the bowlers above him are spinners, with only Ajay Dev Goud (33 terrains) being a genuine off-roader, while Arjun is a fast bowler. ”
Also in a zone match Sub-19 between the West Zone and the South Zone in Una, Tendulkar junior obtained 4 for 37 including three terrains in a single spell.
“A lot of people do not know that the zonals of the U-19 are happening in Una and Arjun has done well there.”
Arjun has trained with the former Indian fast bowler Subroto Banerjee, a close friend of Tendulkar. He has also played bowls in Indian networks before and was at the fast bowling players camp in Dharamsala organized by the BCCI.
When asked if the youngster will be under pressure, the senior official said: “He’s thinking about becoming a professional cricketer, he’s another member of this Indian squad and he’ll have to act.” The coaches have given him the opportunity to see his potential ”
Meanwhile, Aryan Juyal, who was the second goalkeeper on the winning team of the World Cup, has been included despite the rule that no player who has played a U-19 WC would be on the team.
“Juyal is very young and has not graduated to the first class level, so it is better to get some match practice,” said the source.
WV Raman received an extension and will be the coach of this team as Dravid will be with Team A in England.