The Indian cricket community was left stunned when news emerged that Arjun Tendulkar, son of Sachin Tendulkar, is leaving Mumbai to play for Goa in first-class cricket. The 22-year-old has been a part of the Mumbai team since the 2020-21 season, however, has decided against continuing with them in domestic cricket.

Arjun’s father, Sachin Tendulkar, who is regarded as arguably the best batter of all time, began his career in the city. Unlike Arjun, Sachin represented Mumbai throughout his playing career and never switched. Arjun is also part of the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, which represents the city in the league. So, what is the reason behind his decision to switch to Goa? Let’s find out.

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Arjun Tendulkar has represented Mumbai in the domestic season for a few games in his career. However, he could not impress many and was later restricted to the bench. The bowler was also part of Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy squad in the previous season, but could not help his side to qualify for the knockout stages. As per several reports, limited game time has left Arjun unhappy with his career prospects, which has only resulted in him deciding to switch to Goa.

According to Cricbuzz, he has been training in Goa ahead of the upcoming domestic season and will become the state’s professional signing.

SRT Sports Management, the agency that handles Arjun Tendulkar, issued a statement saying that it is important for the youngster to play regularly and he is now beginning a new chapter of his career with the move to Goa.

“Getting maximum game time on the ground is important for Arjun at this juncture of his career. We believe that the shift will improve the probability of Arjun featuring in more competitive matches. He is embarking on a new phase of his cricketing career,” the statement read.

Suraj Lotilkar, president of Goa Cricket Association, has also revealed that the state was looking to add a left-arm pacer to its mix and Arjun Tendulkar offers them the very same ability.

“We are in need of a left-arm pacer and Arjun has shown interest. We generally recruit professionals and if he suits our team’s requirements he will be picked. It is up to our selectors,” Lotilkar said.

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