Former New Zealand cricketer Simon Doull has weighed in on Arjun Tendulkar’s performance in his maiden season in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Doull stated that Tendulkar is not yet ready to bowl in the death overs. Tendulkar has played four matches for the Mumbai Indians so far, taking three wickets.
After making his debut against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), where he had a quiet outing, Tendulkar came into his own in his next game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He defended 20 runs in the last over and also picked up his maiden wicket in the league. However, he was expensive against Punjab Kings, conceding 48 runs in four overs. In Mumbai’s most recent game against the Gujarat Titans, he took one wicket. Follow your favourite IPL team with attractive betting odds from NextBet.
Despite his mixed performances, Doull praised Tendulkar’s efforts and cautioned against expecting too much too soon. He suggested that Tendulkar’s abilities are better suited to bowling in the powerplay overs, similar to Trent Boult and Deepak Chahar. Doull also noted that Tendulkar’s lack of experience makes it challenging for him to bowl in the death overs.
“I don’t think in all honesty, and I think Rohit Sharma knows he is not really a death bowler as of yet. He is not a guy they should be bowling in the last four or five. But he went to him to give him an opportunity, and it cost them,” said Doull, acknowledging Tendulkar’s inexperience in the game.
Doull concluded that it is unfair to judge Tendulkar based on one bad performance and that he has shown promise in his first IPL season. He is only 23 years old right now and has the ability to grow into an even better player. Get all the latest updates from IPL 2023 only on NextBet Sports.