‘Arjun grew in stature today’: Junior Tendulkar gets applause after first IPL wicket

Mumbai Indians defeated hosts Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. Cameron Green scored a timely half-century to help Mumbai Indians post a challenging 192 for five after being asked to bat. The home team then kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were bowled out for 178 in 19.5 overs.

Arjun Tendulkar bowled a brilliant 20th over in extreme pressure as Mumbai Indians defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 14 runs for their third straight win on Tuesday.

Playing his second IPL game, Tendulkar again bowled two overs with the new ball before returning to bowl the high pressure final over with Sunrisers needing 20 runs.

Tendulkar chose to bowl full and wide and was able to do the job for his team. He got his maiden IPL wicket in the process.

“Obviously it was great getting my first IPL wicket. I just had to focus on what was in hand, the plan and executing it,” he said in an interview to the broadcasters.

“Our plan was just to bowl wide and get the long boundary into play, make the batsman hit it to the longer side. I love bowling, I am happy to bowl anytime the captain asks me to and just stick to the team plan and give my best,” added Tendulkar.

When asked about whether he talks cricket with his father, Sachin, and what sort of advice the legendary Indian batter gives, the junior Tendulkar said, “We (Sachin Tendulkar and him) talk about cricket, we discuss tactics before the game and he tells me to back what I practise every game. I just focused on my release, bowling good lengths and lines upfront. If it swings, it’s a bonus, if it doesn’t, so be it.”

Skipper Rohit Sharma also praised the youngster in the post-match presentation and said, “Arjun has been a part of this team for three years. He understands what he wants to do. He is quite confident as well. He is clear in his plans.”

Tendulkar also received praise online for his spell.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians 192 for 5 in 20 overs (Cameron Green 64 not out; Marco Jansen 2/43)

Sunrisers Hyderabad 178 all out in 19.5 overs (Mayank Agarwal 48; Riley Meredith 2/33)


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