Xtra Time Web Desk: In a thrilling IPL 2023 match between the Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad, Arjun Tendulkar’s composure in the final over while defending 20 runs stood out. The son of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also earned his first wicket of the IPL career, dismissing Bhuvneshwar Kumar off the penultimate delivery.
Interestingly, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had become the first and only bowler to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar for a duck in the history of Ranji Trophy at the same venue 14 years ago. It was the final of the Ranji Trophy, and Tendulkar had registered a 15-ball duck then, as an 18-year-old Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the ball in sharply to take an inside edge of the bat. The fielder at short mid-wicket had completed a good catch. However, after 14 years, 3 months, and 6 days, Arjun Tendulkar picked Bhuvneshwar Kumar as his first IPL wicket, avenging his father’s dismissal in the Ranji Trophy.
Arjun Tendulkar was delighted after his decent performance for MI, saying, “I just had to focus on what was in hand, the plan and executing it. Our plan was just to bowl wide and get the long boundary into play, make the batsman hit it to the longer side. I love bowling, I am happy to bowl anytime the captain asks me to and just stick to the team plan and give my best.” He also revealed that he discusses tactics with his father before the game and focuses on his release, bowling good lengths and lines upfront.