The ongoing IPL 2023 fixture between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Rider was witness to a historic record. Mumbai-born all-rounder Arjun Tendulkar made his debut for the five-time champions making him and his father, cricketing stalwart, Sachin Tendulkar to become the first father-son duo in IPL history.
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The Indian cricket great was the one of first players named under Mumbai Indians as he was one of the ambassador players listed before the first IPL season in 2008. Tendulkar went on to play five years of the Mumbai-based franchise and scored 2281 runs in 76 matches while winning one IPL title in his last season (2013). Now 10 years later, his son, Arjun Tendulkar played his first match for the Mumbai Indians.
The 23-year-old kicked off proceedings with the ball for Mumbai and bowled two solid overs at an economy of 8.50 giving away 17 runs. Celebrating this monumental moment, Sachin penned an emotional note talking about this game is the start of a ‘beautiful journey’ in his professional cricket career.
The caption of the post said, “Arjun, today you have taken another important step in your journey as a cricketer. As your father, someone who loves you and is passionate about the game, I know you will continue to give the game the respect it deserves and the game will love you back. You have worked very hard to reach here, and I am sure you will continue to do so. This is the start of a beautiful journey. All the best!”