Arjun Tendulkar scored his first First Class century nearly 35 years after Sachin Tendulkar did on his Ranji Trophy debut. Tendulkar Jr, who relocated to Goa this season, hit his first-class century off 177 deliveries against Rajasthan at the Goa Cricket Association ground in Porvorim.
Arjun batted at No. 7, with Goa on 201/5. He hit 12 boundaries and two sixes. He was batting on 112 at the end of the 40th over, having shared a 205-run stand with Suyash S Prabhudesai (172 batting). Tendulkar Jr had decided to relocate to Goa earlier this season and had sought a No Objection Certificate (NoC) from the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).
In its statement, SRT Sports Management company stated, “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.”
Goa Cricket Association secretary Vipul Phadke told that Arjun had expressed interest in playing for the state as a professional player for the forthcoming season. “He wanted to play for Goa in the forthcoming season so he approached us. We told him to first get an NoC from MCA which he got. We will have his fitness and skill test going ahead. Like many players, Arjun wanted to play for Goa but a process will be followed before we pick him,” Phadke had said.