One can hardly fault Arjun Tendulkar if he empathises with legendary cricketer Donald Bradman’s son, John. Each have a well-known surname that could possibly be a millstone across the neck.
Arjun’s choice into the Indian Beneath-19 staff for the tour of Sri Lanka not solely made the entrance web page in most Indian newspapers but in addition triggered a heated change on social media. And why not? His father, Sachin Tendulkar, was arguably India’s best cricketer whose model worth has not diminished because the heavenly days when he carved up the most effective bowling assaults on this planet.
Sachin had uncommon charisma which he carried off majestically in his lengthy and profitable profession. Sadly for Arjun his dad’s success and surname are assured to bear down arduous on him. Each act of his will any further be dissected and in contrast to the incomparable Sachin. And that actually is the pity.
Arjun won’t ever be left alone to progress on regular traces just like the others within the staff. They’ll win some, lose some; flop generally, succeed at different instances. However he can be judged always — not in accordance to his teammates’ requirements, however to the lofty requirements set by his illustrious father.
Bradman’s solely son John who too lived in a fishbowl, couldn’t take it for lengthy. He modified his surname to Bradsen and lived in utter anonymity until he as soon as once more reverted to the Bradman surname after 30 years.
In an interview after he had voluntarily embraced cricket’s most well-known surname he mentioned he’d beforehand modified his title in a bid to escape “the glass cage” which surrounded him due to public adoration of his father — Australia’s most celebrated sporting hero. He felt that he was not his personal individual and individuals noticed him as Don Bradman’s son and this crushed him.
John’s daughter Greta who got here to India as half of legendary music conductor Zubin Mehta’s philharmonic orchestra revealed that her dad was deeply affected by the relentless consideration paid to him as son of ‘The Don’.
“When individuals would come up to him as a toddler very often the primary query can be, ‘and are you going to be a sportsman like your dad if you develop up?’,” she mentioned.
That’s the kind of crushing stress that can at all times be Arjun’s to dwell with.
Sadly, in India, having a well-known cricketing dad seldom works to the benefit of the son. Barring three or could also be 4 honourable exceptions, sons have virtually at all times suffered compared to illustrious fathers.
The truth is aside from Mansur Ali Khan, Mohinder Amarnath, Sanjay Manjrekar and could also be Ashok Mankad the son of an India Check cricketer did not fairly do nicely within the recreation. An excellent exception was Yuvraj Singh who actually did much better than his father Yograj.
However so many others (Surinder and Rajinder, sons of Lala Amarnath and brothers of Mohinder; Rohan Gavaskar; Vivek and Vidyut Jaisimha, sons of ML Jaisimha; Udit, son of Brijesh Patel; Stuart, son of Roger Binny; Daivik, son of GR Vishwanath; Arjun, son of Shivlal Yadav; Anirudha, son of Krishnamachari Srikkanth; Sadiq, son of SMH Kirmani) merely didn’t dwell up to their father’s title.
Nayan Mongia’s 18 year-old son Mohit is spoken of extremely. Sadly he has not been chosen for the tour of Sri Lanka, although he scored a double hundred towards Kerala, centuries towards Rajasthan and Goa and substantial knocks towards Mumbai, Haryana and Maharashtra. He’s additionally a left-arm spinner who has tasted success. Hopefully he was dropped as a result of there have been higher gamers round somewhat than any animosity between his dad and selectors!
On this case, it will be apt to ask, the place would Arjun match, say 5 years from now? Would he be as profitable as star sons, Mohinder and Sanjay or a passenger like namesake Arjun Yadav? Why, it’s completely doable that the younger left-arm pacer might enhance by leaps and bounds with the fitting publicity and be a power to reckon with within the coming years.
Nonetheless, the nagging query is: Why achieve this many star children, regardless of having the pedigree, fall by the wayside, no less than in India?
Once I did my groundwork for the biography of Rahul Dravid, his father and Rahul detailed the struggles of the youth. Rahul would stand up very early, take the 5.45 am public bus to get to 6.15 am nets at KSCA Stadium. He would later turn into college uniform on the steps of KSCA, gobble his packed breakfast whilst he ran with package and college bag slung over the shoulder to get to college which was round 1.5 kms away. After college he’d run to the varsity nets which was one other 2 kms in the wrong way. Late within the night he’d cling on to the general public transport bus with all his paraphernalia to get again dwelling. This relentless grind, day-in and day-out, helped forge him into the toughened cricketer he finally grew to become.
All the celebrities talked about got here by way of related toughening out course of. Sadly their kids had been pampered; from the selection and proximity of college to nets to holidaying to their mode of transport. Thus they weren’t a patch on their father when it got here to psychological and bodily toughening.
Yuvraj was fortunate that his father despatched him to Mumbai in his youth and this shook him out of his consolation zone. However the others who had been pampered with luxuries that their father by no means had of their childhood merely didn’t have the abdomen for a tricky battle.
Thus the massive query right now is: Does Arjun Tendulkar have the grit and gumption to undergo the vicissitudes of an aspiring cricketer? The surname, he’ll quickly discover out, can be a deal with that the opposition will beat him with, once more and once more. Solely the most effective might come by way of and make the world their oyster. Time to get up and odor the espresso, Arjun.
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