Arjun Tendulkar set for debut on Junior domestic scene

Jan 20, 2013, 08:03 IST | Shailesh Nayak

Arjun Tendulkar arrived with two personal bodyguards for a practice session on eve of the Mumbai versus Gujarat under-14 West Zone league game at the 'B' ground of the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera here on Saturday.

Arjun’s father Sachin Tendulkar arranged the bodyguards as it is for the first time he was traveling outside Mumbai without any family members. Mumbai U-14 coach Prashant Shetty informed SUNDAY MiD DAY: “Sachin Tendulkar has personally arranged for these bodyguards.”

Arjun Tendulkar
Arjun Tendulkar during nets at Ahmedabad. Pic/Nirav Trivedi

The Mumbai team, which arrived by train a couple of days ago to acclimatise to the cold weather here, practiced for nearly fours hours on Saturday. Arjun was an instant hit when word spread that the batting great’s son was in town. A huge crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of Arjun outside the practice arena. Fans tried clicking pictures with Arjun, but the bodyguards prevented them from coming close.

The kid was quite nervous initially when he saw the amount of people gathered to see him. He was his usual self later. The southpaw batted first and then practiced spin bowling.

He picked up a wicket off his first ball, much to his delight. While Arjun is expected to make his debut on the junior domestic scene, Sachin will be in action at Delhi’s Palam Ground which should be good enough for play to resume in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy semi-final against Services. 

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