Reigning champions Mumbai Indians secured a deal for Arjun Tendulkar during the IPL 2021 mini-auction in Chennai on Thursday. The 21-year-old, who is the son of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, was bought by the Mumbai Indians at his base price of 20 lakhs.
Despite not enduring the best of fortunes in the 2021 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Mumbai, Arjun grabbed the attention with his 31-ball 77 for MIG Cricket Club in the 73rd Police Invitation Shield tournament recently. The all-rounder also returned figures of 3/41 in the same game to reinstate his credentials ahead of the auction.
However, on Thursday, Arjun was the last player to go under the hammer. As soon as the evening felt like drawing to a close, Mumbai Indians quietly matched his base price and eventually completed the deal.
Arjun, who is a left-handed batsman and a left-arm medium fast bowler by trade, has represented India at U-19 level. He has also featured prominently across various age groups for Mumbai.
MI also snap up Coulter-Nile and Piyush Chawla
The Rohit Sharma-led franchise went about their business quite well in the auction and secured some good deals. Although they had released Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mumbai Indians managed to retain his services at a lower price at the auction. The franchise also roped in veteran spinner Piyush Chawla to add experience to their spin unit. Adam Milne and Marco Jansen have also joined the five-time champions as overseas seam bowling options.