What’s the best way for the son of India’s most famous batsman to carve a career for himself?
Becoming a bowler is probably a sensible start.
Sachin Tendulkar remains the most revered sportsman in India.
The highest runscorer in both Test matches and one-day internationals, he amassed 34,357 international runs and his every move was scrutinised in adoration by a country where cricket for generations has been regarded as a religion.
For “Son of Sachin” any attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps was certain to cause hysteria.
And yet 18-year-old Arjun Tendulkar is taking everything in his elegant, languid stride.
Taller and thinner than his legendary father, when asked about the stresses of continuing the name associated globally with an icon, he says: “I don’t take that pressure.
“When I bowl I just think hit the deck hard with every ball and when I bat I just play my shots, and choose which bowlers to take on and which not to.”
Tendulkar Jr also tells the BBC’s Stumped that the decision to become a bowler was not a carefully considered one in recognition of his father’s brilliance as a batsman.
“I just grew taller and got stronger,” he explains.
“And I just loved bowling fast in my childhood. So I thought I might as well be a fast bowler because there’s not many in India.”
A left-arm fast bowler as well. And a left-handed batsman. So instead of making comparisons with his father’s exalted textbook cover drive, cricket fans may be detecting shades of Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, as they are among the players Arjun has modelled himself on.
Tendulkar Jr has been playing in the homeland of those two fearsome Australian left-arm fast bowlers as part of a global Twenty20 series for a Cricket Club of India XI.
And to further perpetuate the stuff of legends scenario, he played at the ground named after Australia’s most famous cricketing son, Sir Donald Bradman.
Having taken four wickets in four overs at the Bradman Oval in New South Wales, the young Tendulkar then proved that there were batting genes too as he opened the innings and made 48 from 27 balls.
“I used to play many sports as a kid, football, swimming, running, taekwondo,” he reveals. “And then cricket just developed, while everything else took a back seat.”
Asked whether his father had been a decisive influence he adds: “He helped me a lot. But he didn’t force me into it.”
As for the key question, whether he could foresee a career in cricket, the answer is again understated, but with a steeliness shown by his father during his 100 international centuries: “Yes, I’m working very hard to. That’s my ultimate dream.”
England Test captain Root played despite having to retire from the final Test at Sydney with a viral illness, making a superb 91 not out. Roy saidthe tourists would “absolutely not” rest players during the series.
The second ODI is at Brisbane on 19 January, starting at 03:20 GMT.
‘I had no idea I was close’
Roy said he “didn’t have any idea” he was about to break Hales’ record, set when England made the highest-ever ODI total of 444 against Pakistan in 2016.
Cricket ‘legend’ David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd to get freedom of Accrington
14 January 2018
The cricket commentator and former England international David Lloyd is to be given the freedom of his home town Accrington.
The 70-year-old ex-Lancashire batsman, former England coach and umpire will receive the award in June.
Councillors from Hyndburn Council, which takes in Accrington, have nominated Mr Lloyd, who is affectionately known as “Bumble”.
Council leader Miles Parkinson said: “Bumble is a cricket legend.”
The Labour councillor added: “David is a wonderful ambassador for Accrington who has never forgotten his roots and who has always been a keen supporter of Accrington Stanley.”
In a first-class playing career which spanned 18 years, Mr Lloyd captained Lancashire from 1973 to 1977 and played for England in nine Tests with a top score of 214 not out against India in 1974 and eight one-day internationals.
A left-handed batsman and left-arm spin bowler, he scored nearly 27,000 first class runs and took 276 wickets.
Following his retirement, he became a first class umpire and later Lancashire and England cricket coach.
Jason Roy hit the highest one-day international score by an England player with a sublime 180 to help the tourists beat Australia by five wickets in the first ODI at the MCG.
Roy surpassed Alex Hales’ previous mark of 171 before the opener was caught late on as England eased to the highest successful run chase at Melbourne.
Joe Root made 91 not out in a stand of 221 with Roy as England reached 308-5.
Aaron Finch’s 107 saw the hosts post 304-8 after being put in to bat.
England started rapidly in reply, only to lose Jonny Bairstow and Alex Hales in quick succession, before Roy and Root rebuilt from 60-2 to dominate Australia’s bowlers.
Despite the late dismissals of Roy, captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, England calmly secured a 1-0 lead in the five-match series in an impressive start following the 4-0 defeat in the Ashes.
Records, rollicking and rotation
Roy got England off to a dazzling start. Clearly relishing the pace of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, the England opener pulled anything short, drove powerfully down the ground and regularly hit over the top.
He took just 32 balls to reach fifty, but the soft dismissals of opening partner Bairstow and number three Hales required him to play more cautiously alongside Root.
The 27-year-old adapted tremendously, showing considerable nous to rotate the strike with the immaculate Root and keep England ahead of the rate, only to stall when approaching three figures.
But after successfully reviewing on 91 when given out lbw to Adam Zampa – the ball striking the pad outside the line – Roy hit the next delivery for six before reaching his fourth ODI century off 92 balls.
Reaching his ton restored Roy’s fluency and power as he surged to 150 off 126 balls before passing the record set by Hales against Pakistan in 2016. He also now has the record for the highest ODI score at the MCG, beating Mark Waugh’s 173 against West Indies in 2001.
It seemed only the lack of runs required would prevent Roy reaching his double century before he finally miscued a pull shot off Starc and was caught by sub fielder Jhye Richardson.
At the other end, Root deftly manipulated the field in an almost flawless knock to anchor the chase. The lack of runs required was the only reason he did not complete a century of his own.
Aussies fail to back up Finch
Morgan chose to put Australia in to bat after rain on Saturday suggested the pitch might be sluggish – only for Finch to punch the first ball down the ground for four.
While the hosts’ scoring was restricted by the early wickets of David Warner and Steve Smith, Finch continued to bat fluently, if not quite at his destructive best, to reach 50 off 65 balls.
He was dropped on 60, with Moeen Ali failing to cling on to a tough caught-and-bowled chance, but began to up the tempo of his innings, bringing up his ninth ODI century with a huge six off Adil Rashid.
Yet he fell soon after, mistiming Moeen to Bairstow in the deep and Australia ultimately needed him to have kicked on to have posted a par target on a pitch that improved as the match went on.
Not that Finch alone should have been responsible. Mitchell Marsh could not convert his fifty, bowled through the gate by a Rashid variation that went straight on, while Marcus Stoinis hit an entertaining 60 but England’s attack did well to limit the hosts with a late flurry of wickets.
They set more than 300 with a four from the final ball, but that is no longer an imposing target in ODIs and England were confident rather than cowed by it.
Wood fires on return
Making his return after knee and heel injuries, Mark Wood set the tone for an assured England display with a vicious opening spell, finding the pace and bounce that the Test side sorely lacked during the Ashes defeat.
The fast bowler removed Warner with just his fifth delivery, getting one to lift sharply and loop up off the top corner edge of the bat, with Root completing a simple catch.
That brought imperious Australia captain Smith to the crease, but he could not find the rhythm of his stunning Ashes performances, making 23 before a fine inside edge through to Buttler off Rashid.
Rashid finished with expensive figures of 2-73, somewhat softened by the key wickets of Smith and Finch, while Moeen offered far greater control than during the Ashes series, ending with a fine 1-39.
While Wood was excellent, Chris Woakes struggled for accuracy until a more promising third spell, while Liam Plunkett was solid in taking 3-71, his figures affected by a couple of loose overs.
In fielding only five bowlers, England will be susceptible to conceding bigger totals if one particularly struggles, but their attack looks to have the right variation needed on Australian pitches.
‘Hales wasn’t too happy’ – reaction
Man of the match Jason Roy: “It was incredibly special. I don’t have too many words right now. It is a huge honour to be out there for England again and to get runs on the board.
On beating Alex Hales’ record ODI score for England: “He [Hales] wasn’t too happy by the sounds of things. The first thing the boys said was about him being pretty disappointed.”
England captain Eoin Morgan: “It was incredible from Jason. It is quite evident that when he scores runs he is imposing at the crease. It is on the back of a tough summer but he finished it incredibly well.
“I would have taken [Australia’s total] at the start – 300 these days isn’t that big a total to chase down. It wasn’t a huge task. I have no doubt someone else would have put their hand up if Jason hadn’t.”
Australia captain Steve Smith: “We left ourselves a bit short in the first innings. We lost wickets in the middle and it stopped us going as hard at the back end.”