Legendary Kapil Dev recently shared his views on the burden of expectation from Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun Tendulkar. Kapil thinks Arjun carries an extra burden of expectations on his shoulders because of his surname and he shouldn’t be compared to his father, who is one of the greatest cricketers of all time. . The 1983 World Cup winning captain urged everyone to allow Arjun to play cricket freely.
Arjun has been with Mumbai Indians (MI) for the past two Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons but failed to make his debut for the five-time champions. The left-arm all-rounder has once again warmed up the bench all season this year as he failed to secure a single game for the Rohit Sharma-led side.
The Mumbai Indians debuted several young players this season after pulling out of the playoff race early due to a disastrous start with a record 8 losses in their first eight games. They played up to 21 of the total 24 players in the squad, but Arjun failed to make the cut.
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Fans were expecting Sachin’s son to make his IPL debut in the recently concluded season but MI management made him wait on the sidelines. Sharing his take on the versatile youngster, Kapil said being Sachin’s son has its own pros and cons. He also highlighted how the son of Australian legend Sir Don Bradman changed his name due to the burden of expectations from others.
“Why is everyone talking about him? Because he is the son of Sachin Tendulkar. Allow him to play his own cricket and avoid comparing him to Sachin. Having a name Tendulkar also has pros and cons. The son Don Bradman changed his name because he couldn’t take that kind of pressure. He took the last name Bradman off because everyone expected him to become like his father,” Kapil said. , quoted by Hindustan Times on Uncut.
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The 1983 World Cup winning captain said people shouldn’t expect too much and add pressure on Arjun. Kapil claimed that if the youngster can even become half the player his father was, he should consider himself a success in his career.
“Don’t put pressure on Arjun. He is a young boy. Who are we to tell him anything when he has the great Sachin as his father? have fun. No need to prove anything. If you can become even 50% like your father…there is nothing better. When the name Tendulkar comes up, our expectations rise because that Sachin was such a great,” Kapil added.
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