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Arjun Tendulkar named in U19 squad for Sri Lanka tour - Cricbuzz

Arjun Tendulkar played in five of the six games and took 18 wickets, including two five-fors and a four-wicket haul in the Cooch Behar tournament

The youngster was named in the India U19 team for the four-day fixtures to be played in Sri Lanka.

The 18-year-old has also regularly featured in net sessions involving global teams in recent times including the one in England where he yorked Jonny Bairstow to cause an injury scare ahead of the Test match against South Africa at Lord's last year. This is Arjun's maiden call-up to the India U19 team and surely, a good performance here can see him making it to the Mumbai squad as well.

Arjun had been picked in the Mumbai Under-19 one-day side for the JY Lele invitational tournament in September a year ago. India are due to play two four-day and five one-day matches against the island nation. He runs, and delivers the ball with a weird action.

In the Cooch Behar Trophy last season, Arjun had played in five of the six games and taken 18 wickets in the tournament, including two five-fors and a four-wicket haul. Thanks to his father's recommendations, he is now part of the U-19 squad- and hundreds of more talented bowlers get ignored. "He is a slow medium bowler while Arjun is quick bowler".

"After Bollywood, Nepotism spreads its wings in sports too #Arjuntendulkar", another user, Nandhita Ghoshal, wrote.

Arjun, 18, was picked as part of a 15-member squad by the country´s junior selection committee, according to a press release by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Arjun is one of the most-followed junior cricketers owing to his father's stature, which also attracts extra scrutiny and dealing with massive amounts of pressure.

Meanwhile, Rahul Dravid will travel with India A team on the tour of England. Another user Pradeep Kumar S tweeted, " let's give him a chance before concluding that he is in the team because of Sachin Tendulkar".

India U-19 squad for one-days: Aryan Juyal (C) (WK), Anuj Rawat, Devdutt Padikkal, Atharva Taide, Yash Rathod, Ayush Badoni, Sameer Choudhary, Siddharth Desai, Harsh Tyagi, YD Mangwani, Ajay Devgaud, Y Jaiswal, Mohit Jangra, Akash Pande, Pawan Shah.

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