Till date, there has been a lot of controversies in the Hindi Film Industry about nepotism. Star kids are widely ridiculed on social media but since yesterday Cricket is the core of trolls about nepotism. The issue became hot after Arjun Tendulkar’s bid.
IPL auctions 2021
‘IPL auctions 2021’ being the topic of discussion for a couple of days. Chris Morris created history, was sold to RR for 16.25 crores. Then the price of Glenn Maxwell surprised everyone. Maxwell was bagged by RCB for 14.25 crores. Indian Test Star Cheteshwar Pujara will be seen playing in the yellow jersey in IPL 2021. After many such interesting purchases, there came the son of God of Cricket.
Arjun Tendulkar, son of Sachin Tendulkar is a left-arm pacer, was sold to Mumbai Indians at the base price of 20 lakhs. This raised quite a few eyebrows as fans called him a product of nepotism again. The 21-year-old has been a part of MI camp as a net bowler for the last few years and recently played for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2021 which made him eligible to register for the auction.
How’s that for numbers 💥💥
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 18, 2021
Cricket in his blood. Refined in the nets. Now ready to take the 22-yards by storm 💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 18, 2021
Nepotism in Cricket: Arjun Tendulkar trolled
Arjun Tendulkar was the last player to go under the hammer. The fact that Sachin Tendulkar has played for Mumbai Indians for a long time, still linked with the team and his good relations with Ambanis (owners of MI) can’t be ignored. Mumbai Indians bagging him was no surprise to the viewers. . Cricket fans slammed him with the trolls, calling him a product of nepotism. Whether it is Bollywood or Cricket, netizens never stay behind in trolling them down to the ground.
Many Big & Talented Players went Unsold, But
Nepotism Kid “Arjun Tendulkar” Is Bought By Ambani.
— Md Tousif (@MdTousi54071392) February 18, 2021
— Sonu Kumar (@kr_sonu69) February 18, 2021
— M. (@ACIDDRIPPINGG) February 18, 2021
Arjun Tendulkar will go under the hammer at #IPLAuction2021
Meanwhile everyone – pic.twitter.com/wmiuzA64No
— Amit (@AmitTweets27) February 18, 2021
Fans spot Zaheer Khan’s wicked smile
What made the series of events even better (or worse?) was the seemingly wicked half-smile on the face of Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan who had bid the Rs 20 lakh for Arjun. People who were closely watching the final minutes of the event were quick to jump on Twitter to talk about it.
You gotta love the half smile Zaheer Khan gave as he bid ₹20L for Arjun Tendulkar on behalf of MI. Ye toh hona hee tha. Let’s see if he gets any match play this season.
— Ashok Lalla (@ashoklalla) February 18, 2021
That reaction of Zaheer Khan while biding for Arjun Tendulkar was enough to understand what was going through his mind…
— Wasim Ansari (@aawarahumain) February 18, 2021
🤣🤣😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😂😂😂 That face of zaheer khan when he bid for arjun tendulkar
— Tri sem 🏹🚜 (@buzz_tri) February 18, 2021
Mahela Jayawardene defends Arjun Tendulkar after the ‘nepotism’ debate spiced up
Luckily, he’s a bowler, not a batsman: Mahela Jayawardene defends Arjun Tendulkar after the ‘nepotism’ debate spiced up
Mumbai Indians’ coach Mahela Jayawardene was heard explaining the purchase of Arjun Tendulkar in an interview after auctions. It seemed more like a defending statement for Arjun who was expected to be widely trolled. He said, “Whenever we see potential and see that guys are working really hard, we try and invest in that and it’s great to have Arjun. It will be exciting times for Sachin as well to see Arjun wearing the Mumbai t-shirt and be part of the squad.”
“We’ve looked at it purely on a skill basis. I mean, there is going to be a big tag on his head because of Sachin. But, luckily, he’s a bowler, not a batsman. So, I think Sachin will be very proud if he could bowl like Arjun,” “I think it’s going to be a learning process for Arjun. He just started playing for Mumbai, and now the franchise. He will learn the ropes; he will evolve. He’s still young. A very focused young man,” he added.
“We have to give him time and hopefully not put a lot of pressure on him either. Just let him evolve and work his way up, and that’s what we’re there to help him to do,” Jayawardene further said.
How Fans Reacted to Nepotism for not selecting Pranav Dhanavade
Back in 2016, Arjun Tendulkar’s selection in the U-16 West Zone squad, over the 1000-run hero Pranav Dhanawade highlighted the ‘Nepotism’ in cricket Also. In 2016, a 15-year-old player from Mumbai, Pranav Dhanawade, played an extraordinary inning and shook the cricket world by heavy storm with his 1000-run knock in a local game. But the Poor kid, by money and in fate had decided to quit the game in 2017. Rumors were that he didn’t get a chance to play U-16, instead, the spot was given to Arjun Tendulkar. Although to avoid such rumors, later in 2017, Dhanawade, the son of an auto-rickshaw driver, was offered a scholarship of Rs 10,000 per month by the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA). Also, his father made a statement later to avoid any rumors there was a dip in Pranav’s form in the subsequent matches after playing that massive knock, which made him make up his mind not to play cricket anymore.
But this not what the real fans or cricket followers thought. Most of them still think that Pranav was a victim of ‘nepotism’.
Where is pranav dhanwade now think some big boots hold back him
When came with hardwork you never select but came with some home work behind you selection is matter of time #Nepotism pic.twitter.com/eK95oVlj3U
— akhilesh_reddy (@akhilesh_akhi18) February 19, 2021
Here’s how Arjun felt about joining MI
Referring to himself as a die-hard fan of Mumbai Indians, Arjun Tendulkar thanked the MI coaches, owners, and support staff after earning his maiden IPL contract. “Since childhood, I have always been a die-hard fan of Mumbai Indians. I would like to thank coaches, owners, and support staff for showing faith in me. I am excited to join the MI paltan,” Arjun said in a video posted by Mumbai Indians on their Twitter handle.
“I would like to thank the coaches, owners and the support staff for showing faith in me.” 🙌💙
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 18, 2021
If you’re a true Cricket Fan, what do you think of this ‘Nepotism’ thing in Cricket?