Arjun Tendulkar picked for India U-19 squad for Sri Lanka tour

Arjun Tendulkar

Arjun Tendulkar

Mumbai cricketer Arjun Tendulkar has been named in India's under-19 squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka, the BCCI announced on Thursday. However, Arjun has only been picked to feature in the two four-day ties.

Last year, Tendulkar was selected to the Mumbai Under-19 squad after impressing at lower levels, and he has represented the Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers. He has shown a plenty of promise as a fast bowler - which incidentally Sachin had aspired to be at one point - and even sent Jonny Bairstow limping with a yorker while bowling in the nets during the England-South Africa Test series in 2017.

When a source close to the selection committee was asked how Arjun despite being 43rd in the wicket takers list made the cut, he explained: "If you look at the List, Arjun is the only genuine quick bowler who has more than 15 wickets".

Arjun was a part of the Mumbai U19 squad past year in the Cooch Behar Trophy where he impressed with 18 wickets.

India U-19 squad for 2 four-day games: Anuj Rawat (C), Atharva Taide, Devdutt Padikkal, Aryan Juyal (WK), Yash Rathod, Ayush Badoni, Sameer Choudhary, Siddharth Desai, Harsh Tyagi, YD Mangwani, Arjun Tendulkar, Nehal Wadhera, Akash Pande, Mohit Jangra, Pawan Shah.

According to the reports in Sportstar, Arjun Tendulkar, the son of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar has been picked in the squad which will travel to Sri Lanka this month.

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File image of Arjun Tendulkar.

Meanwhile, Aryan Juyal, who was the second wicketkeeper in the victorious World Cup squad, has been included despite the rule that no player who has played one U-19 WC would be in the squad.

Arjun was however overlooked for the five one-dayers which the juniors will play during the July 11-August 11 tour after the four-day games.

"I used to play taekwondo, cricket football, swimming and somehow cricket kicked in and everything else took a back seat", he was quoted as saying by ABC News then.

WV Raman has been given an extension and will be the coach of this team as Dravid will be with the A squad in England.

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