Mumbai Indians included Arjun Tendulkar, the son of the legendary batsman Sachin, in their playing XI for the first time in the Indian Premier League. Arjun, who is a left-arm seamer, gave away 17 runs in his two overs as Kolkata Knight Riders posted a total of 185-6 after Venkatesh Iyer’s impressive 104 off 51 balls.
Mumbai comfortably chased down the target of 186 with 14 balls remaining. The Tendulkars have become the first father-son duo to participate in the IPL.
Arjun, aged 23, is primarily a bowler, but he also scored a century on his first-class debut in December for Goa against Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy.
Sachin, who is 49 years old and retired in 2013, is India’s most prolific run-scorer in international cricket, having scored 100 centuries for his country. He played for Mumbai in six seasons and is currently serving as the team mentor.
“Arjun, today you have taken another important step in your journey as a cricketer,” Tendulkar tweeted.
“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!”
In this year’s IPL, Venkatesh became the second batsman, after England’s Harry Brook, to score a century, hitting nine sixes and six fours to register his maiden T20 hundred.
This was only the second time that a Kolkata batsman has scored a century in the IPL’s history, with Brendon McCullum’s unbeaten 158 not out in the tournament’s first match in 2008 being the first instance.
However, Venkatesh’s impressive knock went in vain as Mumbai’s opener Ishan Kishan hammered 58 runs off 25 balls to provide his team with an excellent start.
Mumbai’s victory was also aided by contributions from Suryakumar Yadav, who scored 43 runs off 25 balls, and an unbeaten 24 off 13 balls from Tim David, which helped the five-time champions clinch the win.