When I started playing cricket, though my father was a professor and was in the literary field, at no stage I had this pressure from anyone who said you are playing cricket but how about following your father’s footsteps.”
He added: “My son has played a match today — first club match, an official match. He is passionate… he’s madly in love with cricket. I would appreciate if everyone allows him to be himself and to have his own identity and enjoy his cricket.
“At no stage of my life, there were comparisons. He (Arjun) started his career, so it is a humble request if he can live his life like a normal 14-year-old, without thinking about anything else except falling in love with this sport,” added Tendulkar, who is just two matches away from his 200th Test match.
Print and TV journalists had gathered in good numbers at Azad Maidan yesterday to cover Arjun’s Dr HD Kanga Cricket League debut. Playing for Young Parsee Cricket Club in the ‘G’ Division, the southpaw was out on one in his 12-ball stay as opener. He, however, took one wicket in his seven overs.
Offie Girap impresses chief selector
Mumbai is suddenly facing a dearth of off-spinners. It is learnt, the selectors are keen to explore city’s spin talent and want to develop a pool of at least 10-15 spinners. Yesterday, offie Akshay Girap certainly seemed to have impressed chief Mumbai selector Sudhir Naik.
Naik, who looks after National Cricket Club, went over to the other side of Cross Maidan to have a look at Girap playing at Karnataka Sporting Association.
Girap starred with four wickets for 60 in Karnataka SA’s win over Victory CC on the basis of first innings lead. Girap is likely to get a call-up to join the special training camp at the Bandra Kurla Complex indoor academy.
“I would have obviously loved to take more wickets, but it is a nice way to start the season. I know Mumbai Ranji Trophy team would be looking out for spinners, but that (selection) is not in my hands. I just have to keep performing and do my best in every match,” Girap, who has featured in Mumbai U-19 and U-22 teams, said.
Maiden Kanga ton
Shashank Singh became the maiden centurion in the restructured Kanga League ‘A’ Division yesterday as Dr DY Patil Sports Academy to beat Shivaji Park Youngsters SC on first innings at Shivaji Park.
The Nerul team declared on 218-7 and then folded their opponent for 144. Veteran Pravin Tambe, who debuted for Rajasthan Royals in the last Indian Premier League, claimed 6-49 while Mumbai Ranji Trophy left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdullah picked up three for 43 for DY Patil SA.
At Cross Maidan, Bravish Shetty smashed 82 while spinners Dinesh Salunkhe (4-30) and Vishal Dabholkar (3-60 and 3-27 (second innings)) to help Payyade SC clinch the tie against National CC on first innings.
At the Brabourne Stadium, wicketkeeper-batsman Onkar Gurav of Shivaji Park Gymkhana and Anand Singh of CCI smashed half-centuries. The match, however, ended in a draw.
In Bandra, MIG Cricket Club beat Parkophene Cricketers on first innings, thanks to spirited bowling efforts from Amit Dani (4-19) and Aishwarya Surve (4-32). Parkophene were all out for 176 with Akhil Rajput, son of former India coach Lalchand Rajput, adding just two runs to his overnight score of 52.
Siddharth Chitnis (94) and Abhishek Rajadhyaksha smashed 81 as MIG finished at 254 for four. Meanwhile, in the ‘B’ Division, India U-23 skipper Suryakumar Yadav smashed 135 to help 12-time Kanga League champions Dadar Union Sporting Club win on first innings against Kandivli CA. Ramanpreet Singh made an important contribution with 83 runs.