Arjun Tendulkar bought "purely on a skill basis" : Mahela Jayawardene
The Mumbai Indians coach made the statement amid growing rumours of nepotism.
Soon after Arjun Tendulkar's name was put on the IPL 2021 auction list, rumours were rife that he would be picked by the Mumbai Indians franchise. And as expected, this was what happened. Arjun, who is Sachin's son was picked for his base price of 20 lakh.
As there were talks of favouritism and nepotism, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene revealed that Arjun Tendulkar was picked purely on the basis of his skill sets.
"We've looked at it purely on a skill basis. I mean, there is going to be a big tag on his head because of Sachin. But, luckily, he's a bowler, not a batsman. So I think Sachin will be very proud if he could bowl like Arjun," ESPNcricinfo quoted Jayawardene as saying.
"We have to give him time and hopefully not put a lot of pressure on him either. Just let him evolve and work his way up, and that's what we're there to help him to do," he added.
Previously in IPL 2020, Arjun was the Mumbai Indians net bowler during the IPL 2020. "I have spent a lot of time in the nets, trying to teach him some tricks of the trade, he is a hardworking kid, he is keen on learning, it is an exciting part. The added pressure of being Sachin Tendulkar's son will always be on him, it is something he needs to live with, the environment of the team will help him. It will help him become a good cricketer, how many times a youngster gets picked in the auction and everyone is talking about him, he has to prove himself and he has to show everyone he has the goods," said Mumbai Indians' Director of Cricket Operations, Zaheer Khan during a virtual press conference.