With skipper Rohit Sharma on break from the MI team, Arjun Tendulkar earned a chance to make his IPL debut. He set a record with his father Sachin Tendulkar. When Mumbai Indians showed up for Sunday’s Indian Premier League 2023 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders, captain Rohit Sharma was unable to feature in the playing XI due to a stomach virus.
It was his deputy Suryakumar Yadav who donned the captain’s hat for the game. While Rohit’s absence gave Surya a chance to try his hand at captaincy, it also paved the way for Indian all-rounder Arjun Tendulkar to make his IPL debut, two years after he first signed with the franchise in. the auction of 2021.
Father and Son turning out for the same franchise 10 years on. A historic first in the IPL. Good luck Arjun Tendulkar.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 16, 2023
Arjun initially joined the Mumbai Indians, the only IPL franchise his father played for, before hanging up his boots ahead of the league’s 2021edition. Read More: Virat Celebrates fifty against DC in wild style, Anushka praises him
However, in his two years with the franchise, Arjun failed to debut. Against the Knight Riders in 2023, Arjun finally got a chance to make his debut as he first joined the IM players in the active XI. In doing so, Arjun set a record, and he and Sachin became the first father-son duo to appear for the same franchise in IPL history. “Father and son are dating the same franchise 10 years later. A historic premiere in the IPL. Good luck Arjun Tendulkar,” former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan tweeted on the occasion.
Mumbai Indians received a huge boost with their win in their last game against Delhi Capitals in the last game. In contrast, the Kolkata Knight Riders come into this competition after losing their last match to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 23 runs. Suryakumar said at the start, “I’d like to bowl first, the wicket looks dry. The ball comes later very well to hit. Rohit is out, he has a stomach virus. It’s time for a good show. Let’s switch, Duan Jansen comes in, the rest doesn’t matter”.