IPL 2021: Arjun Tendulkar out of IPL without playing a game, Simarjeet Singh comes in as replacement

Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar was ruled out of IPL 2021 after suffering an injury. Arjun, who was picked up by Mumbai Indians from the IPL 2021 auctions for Rs 20 lakh, didn’t get any game to play. Now, he has been replaced by Delhi pacer Simarjeet Singh for the remainder of the season

“Mumbai Indians have added Simarjeet Singh as an injury replacement to Arjun Tendulkar for the remainder of their IPL 2021 season. The right-arm medium-fast bowler has started training with the team after completing the mandatory quarantine as per IPL guidelines,” Mumbai Indians said in a statement.

On Wednesday, Mumbai Indians announced that Simarjeet Singh had joined the squad in Dubai as an injury cover after serving mandatory 6-day quarantine.

Arjun Tendulkar’s father Sachin Tendulkar is also with the franchise as the mentor of the team in the UAE.

While picking up Arjun raised a lot of eyebrows and was expected not to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021, the exposure to the likes of Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah besides coaching from Zaheer Khan was a blessing for the 22-year-old.

Despite doing decently in the age-group cricket, he failed to impress in the Mushtaq Ali Trophy, purely lacking the experience of playing at a senior level. He bagged a wicket in two matches, going for 9.57 runs an over.

While he is not expected to be retained ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction, he could be picked up from the auction again and will gain experience from the Mumbai dressing room, especially after a tumultuous season for the defending champions.

However, Arjun Tendulkar will hope to be fit for the domestic season that starts in November with the limited-overs format. A few good performances both with the bat and the ball could get him the nod in the Ranji Trophy from where he can build his career up, without having to live under the giant shadows of his father Sachin Tendulkar.

As for Mumbai, they are still in for a tough playoff fight after a win against PBKS on Tuesday. Mumbai are currently fifth on the points table with 10 points from 11 games. They have three games left and they will need to win all three to secure a playoff berth.