Arjun Tendulkar, son of Indian cricket team legend Sachin Tendulkar, registered his maiden First Class century while debuting in the Ranji Trophy 2022-23 season. The 23-year-old all-rounder achieved the feat while playing for Goa, emulating his father in the process.
Arjun slammed his ton off 177 balls against Rajasthan at the Goa Cricket Association Stadium in Porvorim on December 14, 2022.
With Goa at 201/5, Arjun came in at No.7 and stitched together an important partnership with Suyash Prabhudessai, who also smashed a hundred. The pair made an unbeaten 209-run stand by tea on Day 2 against a Rajasthan bowling lineup featuring Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
Arjun was caught and bowled off Nagarkoti on 120 of 207 balls. The knock included 16 fours and two sixes.
What was Sachin Tendulkar’s achievement on Ranji Trophy debut?
Arjun’s father, Sachin Tendulkar was the youngest Indian to score a century on First Class debut, aged 15 years and 232 days. The ‘Master Blaster’ remained not out on 100 at the Wankhede Stadium in 1988.
Meanwhile, Arjun repeated his father’s feat of scoring a hundred on First Class debut after 34 years.
Which team does Arjun Tendulkar play for in Ranji Trophy?
Arjun Tendulkar made his move to Goa from Mumbai ahead of the 2022-23 domestic season, with a view to increase his game time. The all-rounder only featured in two T20s for Mumbai before his move south.
“Getting maximum game time on the ground is important for Arjun at this juncture of his career. We believe that the shift will improve the probability of Arjun featuring in more competitive matches. He is embarking on a new phase of his cricketing career,” SRT Sports Management, Sachin’s managing firm, said about Arjun Tendulkar’s Goa move.
Arjun was Goa’s second-highest wicket-taker in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scalping 10 wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 5.69. In the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he was the team’s leading wicket-taker with seven wickets in eight matches, while conceding 4.98 runs per over.
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