Cricket is Religion, Sachin is God, Arjun is Jesus

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Cricket is Religion, Sachin is God, Arjun is Jesus

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aking forward the hallowed Maharashtrian tradition of being a cricket chant, Arjun Tendulkar, son of cricketing deity Sachin Tendulkar, was recently named in the Under-19 team for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour, beginning next month.

That’s a brilliant feat by any standards and must definitely be lauded. However, the media frenzy around young Arjun is what has me worried. People have already begun speculating over a Team India debut for the baby-faced left-arm seamer, even though this seems to be the 18-year-old’s first big achievement since bowling to Virat Kohli in the nets. It also begs the question: Would either of these two events have attracted this much media coverage had someone else been in his place?

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