The recently-concluded 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was a scatterbrained one for Mumbai Indians (MI). For the first time in 15 years, the five-time champions finished in the last position at the league table.
During the course of the season, MI tried as many as 21 different players out of the 24 they had in their squad in 2022. Despite that, Arjun Tendulkar – son of legendary Sachin Tendulkar – didn’t get any game for his franchise.
Notably, Arjun was signed for INR 30 lakhs in the 2022 mega auction but failed to make his way into the playing XI. Even in the previous season, the junior Tendulkar didn’t get a game for the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai team.
Following a disappointing season, MI bowling coach Shane Bond has opened up on Arjun’s non-selection in MI’s playing XI. Bond stated that the young all-rounder still has some more work to do ‘on his batting and fielding, particular’.
“He’s got some work to do. When you’re playing for a team like Mumbai, making the squad is one thing but entering the playing XI is another. He still has a lot of hard work and development to do,” Bond told Sportskeeda.
“When you play at this level, there’s a fine line between giving everyone a game… but you have to earn your spot too. Arjun needs to work on his batting and fielding before finding a place on the team. Hopefully, he can make those progressions and earn a spot in the team,” he added.