Arjun Tendulkar, son of former Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, hit the headlines last week as he made his India U19 debut in a youth Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo. He scalped a wicket in just his second over for the national team but flopped with the bat, he was out for a duck as he capped off a bittersweet opening game on the personal front.
Arjun is one of many other children of former Indian cricket stars who are making their way up the cricketing ranks. And the latest to join him is none other than 12-year-old Samit Dravid, who is the son of the legendary batsman and Sachin’s long-time batting partner Rahul Dravid.
Samit is currently making a name for himself at school-level cricket and recently, led his team to an emphatic victory with an impressive all-round show. In an U-14 level match, Samit represented Mallya Aditi International School and shone with both bat and ball to play a crucial role in the team’s win in the Cottonian Shield tournament in Bengaluru.
Young Samit scored an unbeaten half-century (51 not out) and followed it up with an impressive spell of three wickets for just nine runs to demolish the opposition’s batting order. Interestingly, this is not the first time he has given a glimpse of his talent as he scored a match-winning century in January in the BTW Cup U-14 tournament.
In 2015, he was also a recipient of the ‘Best Batsman’ award at U-12 level in the Gopalan Cricket Challenge. Samit has a long way to go if he is to follow in his father’s footsteps but the signs so far are quite encouraging and one hopes that he goes on to achieve great things in the future.