Sachin passes dad’s message of not taking short-cuts to son Arjun

Arjun Tendulkar, Ranji Trophy hundred on debut Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022-23
In the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, Arjun was Goa's second highest wicket-taker in the tournament | File Image

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar says he followed his fathers advice of not taking short-cuts in his journey and has passed on the same message to his son, who is a budding left-arm pacer.

The cricketer’s son, Arjun Tendulkar, played in the recently concluded T20 Mumbai League and shone with both ball and the bat. He was picked up by the Aakash Tigers Mumbai Western Suburb for the T20 Mumbai League for ₹5 lakh and also played in the semi-finals on Saturday (May 25) held at the Wankhede Stadium.

Asked if he advises his son on how to handle pressure, Sachin Tendulkar said, “He is passionate and I have not forced him for anything. I never forced him to play cricket. He
earlier used to play football, then he developed interest in chess and now he is playing cricket.”

“I told him whatever you do in life, don’t take a short-cut, which my father (Ramesh Tendulkar) told me, and I tell him exactly the same thing…you will need to work hard and then it is upto you how you fare,” he told reporters.


To another query, the Master Blaster said like other parents, he also expects his son to perform well.

“He (Arjun) needs to do what he and his team want to do. Its [T20 Mumbai League] a very good platform and the ups and downs provide a real-life experience. It is important to learn and develop, its a process,” he said.

“Once a student of this game, a student for the rest of your life. That’s what I try and tell him. Results will be in God’s hand, but to make an effort is in our hands,” he said.

Arjun Tendulkar on two previous occasions bowled to the Indian team in the nets namely during the Champions Trophy in England in 2017 and before the T20 match against Sri Lanka in December, 2017.