Arjun Tendulkar seems to be following his legendary father's footsteps. Sachin Tendulkar undertook two tours to England in 1988 and 1989 with Star Cricket Club which proved fruitful before being picked for India at a tender age of 16.
Now, Tendulkar's son is set to leave for South Africa for a 15-day cricket tour with Worli Cricket Club from November 2 to 15. Arjun will captain the 16 to 18 age group team.
The tour is organised by Avinash Kadam, owner of Worli CC. He informed mid-day yesterday: "Arjun did exceptionally well when we toured SA last year. He was the highest run-scorer. Like his father, Arjun is a keen learner and has been part of our club for the last two years."
Kadam said Worli CC are scheduled to play 10 matches of 45 overs each against some top schools in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Potchefstroom.
"Such trips are very important because most of our cricketers only play in Mumbai. They have no avenues to play in different conditions. A trip like this provides good exposure to these youngsters.
It gives them a sense of playing on faster wickets," said Kadam, who started organising trips to SA in 2011. On managing the financial part for the tour, Kadam said: "Those who are financial well off, pay for their trip. We look for sponsors for those who cannot afford it."