Arjun Tendulkar on Tuesday emulated his father Sachin Tendulkar by giving a match-winning performance for his school Dhirubhai Ambani School in a Harris Shield match at Mumbai.
Arjun wrecked havoc in the opponents camp, taking eight wickets for just 22 runs. The Jamnabai Narsee School team was bundled out for just 105 runs in 25 overs.
Sachin had also grabbed headlines with a splendid show in the Harris Shield around 23 years ago. On February 23rd, 1988, Sachin, playing for his school - Shardashram Vidyamandir, had teamed up with his buddy Vinod kambli to put up a stand of 664 runs. When the innings was declared, Tendulkar was on 326 and Kambli was on 349.
That Arjun's debut and the feat came on the same day when Sachin completed 22 years in international cricket - he had made his debut in Tests on the day in 1989 - made the achievement even more special.
Arjun bowled 12 overs at a go and made most batsmen feel uneasy against his bowling.
The man in-charge of the Dhirubhai Ambani School team, Hariom Phull was quoted in Mumbai Mirror as saying, "He was very accurate with the new ball and kept taking wickets at every interval. At one point, they were struggling 60 for 6. Tendulkar bowling 12 overs in this heat is a very encouraging sign for us. "He has lot of control on his swing."
Junior Tendulkar, however, failed to fire with the bat as he was dismissed on the third ball during the run chase. That thankfully didn't cost the team as they ultimately won the match by five wickets.
Brief Scores: Jamnabai Narsee School (Juhu) 105 (Arjun Tendulkar 8 for 22) lost to Dhirubhai Ambani School (BKC) 107 for 5 by five wickets.
*Harris Shield is a premier U-16 school tournament held each year in Mumbai.