Retired cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will mentor 11 emerging players, including Parvez Rasool and Unmukt Chand, as part of an initiative by sports apparel giant Adidas. Adidas, which has already signed Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina, added a few more names to its roster. (Also read: Master Blaster says he could have been in medical profession)
Tendulkar welcomed the newest members of Team Adidas -- Unmukt Chand, Parvez Rasool, Vijay Zol, Manan Vohra, Manpreet Juneja, Rush Kalaria, Chirag Khurana, Akshdeep Nath, Vikas Mishra, Sarfaraz Khan and Baba Aparajith. (Related: Sachin 5th most admired in the world)
"This is a great initiative from Adidas to support the future of this sport, which encourages aspiring athletes to follow their passion and be part of an extraordinary league. Mentoring these talented young cricketers will let me be close to what I love and give back to the sport," Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket last year, said at the event.
The 21-year-old Unmukt, is former captain of the 2012 Under-19 World Cup champion team and played for the Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League last year. Rasool, 25, is the first Jammu and Kashmir cricketer to represent the Indian senior team. He captained his state team to the Ranji Trophy knock-out phase this year.