Following an excellent 4-run 19th over from Cameron Green, Tendulkar started off the final over with a dot ball. He bowled another wide yorker as Abdul Samdul ran himself out while trying to steal a double. He then bowled a wide before Mayank Markande managed a double on the third.
A leg bye on the fourth delivery before an outside edge off Bhuvneshwar Kumar landed into the hands of Rohit Sharma at extra cover. The final wicket kicked off two celebrations in the Mumbai camp.
The first was obviously five-time champions jumping to the fifth spot in the 10-team table with their third consecutive win. The other was for 23-year-old Tendulkar junior showing great composure and picking his maiden IPL wicket under immense pressure.
The fact that Tendulkar delivered only in his second match and fifth over overall of the IPL, has left the likes of Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bishop and other legends of the game utterly impressed. Here is how they have reacted.
“So happy to see Arjun doing well. @sachin_rt paaji must be a proud father. Arjun’s hard work paying off and my blessings that this is only the beginning of great things to come. Well done Arjun! #SRHvsMI,” tweeted Virender Sehwag.
So happy to see Arjun doing well . @sachin_rt paaji must be a proud father. Arjun’s hard work paying off and my blessings that this is only the beginning of great things to come. Well done Arjun! #SRHvsMI
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 18, 2023
“Young Man, WELL DONE,” lauded England legend Kevin Pietersen.
Young man, WELL DONE! 🕺🏻 https://t.co/o80RSlHAoY
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 18, 2023
That was a superb last over from Arjun Tendulkar. Only his second game but his execution was superb. Good on him.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) April 18, 2023
Arjun Tendulkar today grew in stature. Justified captain’s trust by bowling tight final over, held his nerves, took his first IPL wicket. Congrats Paaji, here’s wishing a long successful career for Arjun. @sachin_rt #Arjun
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 18, 2023
Nice to see the Calm approach from young Tendulkar 👏
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 18, 2023
I have seen @sachin_rt for so many years now but the look on his face after Arjun bowled the last over was so different and so beautiful.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 18, 2023
Sachin Tendulkar, a proud father who had a beaming smile on his face after the match, has also joined the other legends and said, “A superb all-round performance by Mumbai Indians once again. Cameron Green impressed with both bat & ball. Ishan & Tilak’s batting is as good as it gets!
“The IPL is getting more interesting every day. Great going boys! And finally a Tendulkar has an IPL wicket.”
A superb all-round performance by Mumbai Indians once again. Cameron Green impressed with both bat & ball. Ishan & Tilak’s batting is as good as it gets! The IPL is getting more interesting every day. Great going boys!💙
And finally a Tendulkar has an IPL wicket!😛#SRHvMI pic.twitter.com/e4MAFEZyjY
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) April 18, 2023
Rohit also praised Arjun Tendulkar during the post-match presentation ceremony. The captain himself needs to be applauded for asking Tendulkar to open the bowling for the team and then bowl the very crucial final over.
“Arjun has been a part of this team for three years. He understands what he wants to do. He is quite confident as well. He is clear in his plans. He is trying to swing the new ball and bowl yorkers at the death,” Rohit said.
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