Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar might have impressed the Mumbai Indians fans with a spell of 1 for 18 from 2.5 overs against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a high-voltage encounter of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as he bowled the crucial last over of the match successfully.

However, the 23-year-old pacer faced brutal trolling on various social media platforms for his bowling speed.

Responding to Arjun’s bowling speed, a fan tweeted, “In a country of more than 1.4 billion people we are witnessing a 23-year-old fast bowler who is constantly hitting the speed of less than 130KPH, that’s the standard of bowling in Indian Premier League.” 

“Why so much buttering for Arjun Tendulkar’s below average bowling by commentators? Pathetic bowling speed and bowling action #MIvsSRH #SRHvsMI #IPL23 MI please priorities #talent over #nepotism,” wrote another fan. 

Slamming Arjun for his speed, a third user commented, “Despite being a spinner, Shahid Afridi used to bowl faster than Arjun Tendulkar.” 

Notably, one of the deliveries Arjun bowled was a mere 107.2 kph. That was a slower ball from Arjun. However, many netizens failed to understand how variations in pace help pacers pick wickets or at least stop batters from hitting big shots.

Arjun is also paying the price of being the great Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s son. It is understandable that each action and performance will be scrutinized minutely on social media platforms.