Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond believes that Arjun Tendulkar needs to put in a lot of practice and hard work to improve his batting and fielding.
The Mumbai Indians bought Arjun for Rs 30 lakh in the mega auctions of 2022, but the 22-year-old left-arm bowler did not play a single match. In 2022, Arjun was in his second year with the MI franchise, but he hadn’t yet had the opportunity to play in the lucrative league.
Shane Bond on Arjun Tendulkar
The five-time champions, Mumbai Indians, had a forgettable season in the Indian Premier League’s 2022 season. The Mumbai-based side finished in last place in the league table for the first time in 15 years, winning only four of their 14 matches.
The Mumbai Indians tried as many as 21 different players out of the 24 they had in their squad in 2022 during the course of the season. Arjun Tendulkar, on the other hand, was unable to secure a spot in the playing XI.
In the 2022 mega auction, the son of legendary Indian batter Sachin Tendulkar was signed for Rs 30 lakhs but failed to make the playing XI. Arjun, unlike his father, is a left-handed fast bowler, and despite looking impressive in the nets, he was unable to make his debut in the lucrative league.
Following a disappointing season, Shane Bond, MI’s bowling coach, revealed what Arjun needs to do to regain his place in the playing XI in a recent interview. Arjun, 22, needs to put in a lot of training and hard work to improve his batting and fielding, according to the former Kiwi pacer.
“He’s got some work to do, making the squad is one thing, but making the starting eleven is another when you join a team like Mumbai. He has a long way to go in terms of improvement. There is much to be done,” Shane Bond said.
“It’s one thing to attempt everyone out for a game, but at this level, there’s a tight line to walk between offering everyone a game and having to earn your spot. And he still needs to work on his batting and fielding, in particular, to secure a spot on the squad,” he added.