History was created at Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, April 16 as Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar made his debut in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023) for the Mumbai Indians against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Sachin shared a heartwarming tweet congratulating him and wishing him luck for the future.
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Arjun has been part of the MI camp since 2021 but did not get a game in either that year or the 2022 season. Arjun bowled two overs in his maiden appearance for the franchise and gave away 17 runs. After the match, Sachin wrote a heartwarming tweet showing how proud he is of his son.
“Arjun, today you have taken another important step in your journey as a cricketer. As your father, someone who loves you and is passionate about the game, I know you will continue to give the game the respect it deserves, and the game will love you back. You have worked very hard to reach here, and I am sure you will continue to do so. This is the start of a beautiful journey. All the best!,”
IPL 2023: Sachin and Arjun become the first father-son duo to feature in the competition
Sachin was present at the Wankhede to see his son play his first-ever IPL match. Although he has been MI’s team mentor since the 2014 season. Sachin and Arjun also became the first father-son duo to play in the league’s history.
Sachin was MI’s first-ever permanent captain and led the team from 2008 to 2011. The Master Blaster also played for MI and was the team’s first-ever permanent captain. Sachin led MI from 2008 to 2011 and also to their first-ever final in 2010. He won the orange cap that season but they lost the Final clash to Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
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Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement in 2013 after MI’s 2013 IPL victory. The legendary Indian cricketer’s last game for MI was the final of the Champions League against Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) later that year. Presently, Sachin is part of the MI set-up as the team’s mentor.
On the other side, Arjun Tendulkar had a breakthrough season in domestic cricket after moving to Goa from Mumbai. He made a century on his Ranji Trophy debut. In 2022/23, In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he took 10 wickets in 7 matches. Arjun was purchased by MI in the 2021 auction but did not get a game in either the 2021 or 2022 seasons.