IPL 2021 Auction: Arjun Tendulkar “A Hard-Working Kid” But Has To Prove Himself, Says Zaheer Khan


Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan on Thursday mentioned that all-rounder Arjun Tendulkar might want to show himself within the upcoming version of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In the gamers’ public sale held on Thursday, defending champions Mumbai Indians purchased Arjun Tendulkar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jimmy Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen and Piyush Chawla.

“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,” mentioned Zaheer throughout a digital press convention.

Talking about Nathan Coulter-Nile, Zaheer mentioned: “It is a complete attack for sure, if you see how we have been stacking up for the squad, we have a good balance in our fast-bowling attack, we are happy to have Coulter-Nile back, we surely back him and he is going to add that balance to the squad, previous IPL, he was one of our top picks.”

“We released two domestic players for this season, it is just a case by case basis, we believe in encouraging young talent, someone who has been with MI, it is not that he has gone away from the system, it is about making strategic calls and it depends on what is coming our way in the upcoming season. This year was in fact the year where we released more overseas players than the domestic players,” he added.

When requested about buying all-rounder Jimmy Neesham, Zaheer mentioned: “He is someone who has capabilities of a good all-rounder, it is all about timing, we have timed it well. Neesham has the capabilities and that is what we all think, hence the opportunity. It is all about timing, it is all about getting a chance to prove yourself.”

Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene additionally mentioned that Jimmy Neesham can be a back-up choice at quantity six if something occurs to Kieron Pollard.

“We feel Jimmy Neesham has potential, he has played good cricket, you can have a bad season but that doesn’t mean you are a bad player. He will be a power-hitter for us at number six as a back-up to Kieron Pollard, it gives us good options to fall back to if we need that backup option. He is a left-hander and that is a plus,” mentioned Jayawardene.


Before the public sale, Mumbai Indians had retained Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Chris Lynn, Anmolpreet Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Aditya Tare (WK), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Dhawal Kulkarni, and Mohsin Khan.

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris grew to become the most costly international participant within the historical past of the IPL as he was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 16.25 crore. RCB purchased New Zealand quick bowler Kyle Jamieson for Rs 15 crore. Arjun Tendulkar was picked up by Mumbai Indians for his base value of Rs 20 lakh.

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