Mumbai: Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene said that side picked Arjun Tendulkar on the basis of his skills. Arjun, son of former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, was bought by Mumbai Indians on Thursday at the IPL Mini Auction for Rs 20 lakhs.
Jayawardene said that the learning process for Arjun will be tight with Mumbai Indians. The former Sri Lankan captain also said that the 21-year-old left-arm medium-pacer will learn and develop his game over time.
He said, “We have seen purely on the basis of skill. I mean he is going to put a big tag on Sachin’s head. But, fortunately, he is a bowler, not a batsman. So I think Sachin will be very proud if he could bowl like Arjun,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Jayawardene as saying.
He added, “I think it’s a learning process for Arjun. He has just started playing for Mumbai and the franchise. He will leave the ropes. He will develop. He is still young. A very focused young man,” he further said.
Jayawardene said, “We have to give him time and hopefully either don’t put too much pressure on him. Just let him develop and do his job, and that’s what we are there to help him do.”
In the players’ auction held on Thursday, defending champions Mumbai Indians also picked Nathan Culter Nile, Jimmy Neesham, Yudhveer Charak, Marco Janssen and Piyush Chawla.