Sachin Tendulkar and his son, Arjun, became the first father-son combo to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday, with Arjun making his debut for the Mumbai Indians.
Sachin, 49, who retired in 2013 as the most prolific batsman in international cricket with 100 centuries, spent six seasons with the Mumbai Indians and is now the team’s mentor.
Arjun made his IPL debut against the Kolkata Knight Riders, letting 17 runs in the first two overs before being removed.
Sachin Tendulkar stated that he had never seen his son Arjun Tendulkar play in a competitive match before the 23-year-old made his IPL debut for Mumbai Indians against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium.
Sachin Tendulkar chose to sit in the dressing room rather than the dugout outside the boundary line during the first portion of the Kolkata Knight Riders’ innings to avoid making Arjun anxious.
“This was a new experience for me. Till now, I have not actually gone and watched him play,” Tendulkar said in a video posted on IPL Twitter handle.
“I just wanted him to have that freedom to go out and express himself whatever he wanted to do. And today also I sat in the dressing room because I didn’t want him to let him move away from his plans and start looking at the mega screen here and suddenly realised that I was watching there. I was inside,” he said
“It is a different feeling because 2008 was the first season for me and 16 years down the line, he plays for the same team. Not bad,” Sachin concluded.
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