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A Chip Off the Old Block: Tendulkar’s Son Scores Maiden First-Class Century

Arjun Tendulkar, son of the famous Sachin, proved that he is something of a chip off the old block by scoring a century on his first class debut. He is not the first offspring of a legendary father to make his mark in the game, though, with Tagenarine Chanderpaul recently making his test debut for West Indies.

In some families, the apple does not fall far from the three.

 

Arjun Tendulkar

Unlike his father, 23-year-old Arjun Tendulkar is primarily a fast bowler, and came in at number seven for Goa playing in the Ranji Trophy against Rajasthan. However, he went on to make 120 from 207 deliveries, and some of the strokes he made were reminiscent of his father.

It would be unrealistic though to expect him to have the same career. Sachin made his own debut century at the age of 15 and went on to become the highest run scorer in the history of international cricket.

 

Tagenarine Chanderpaul

Tagenarine Chanderpaul was handed his test debut for the West Indies in their recent series against Australia, having impressed in a warm-up match against a Prime Minister’s XI in the course of which he scored 119, and then followed that up with a half century.

The left-handed opener did not look out of place, making 51 and 45 in the match, although his side eventually lost by 164 runs.

And, although the West Indies were thrashed in the second Test, it was Chanderpaul who top scored for them in both innings.

That suggests he has a long international career of him – especially following the banning of John Campbell for a doping offence – with critics saying that he has many of the characteristics of his father at the batting crease – intense concentration, a firm defence and an obdurate batting style.

 

The Curran brothers

Sam and Tom Curran are both in the England international set-up, and Sam, in particular, has had a fine year. He was named Player of the Tournament in the 2022 World Cup which England ended up winning, earning praise for his death bowling, and he is expected to go for a big price when the Indian T20 league auction is held in Kochi next week.

And their father Kevin also played international cricket, in his case for Zimbabwe.

There is one more brother Ben, who currently plays his domestic cricket for Northamptonshire.

Cricket runs in the Curran family. Their grandfather also played at international level for the country when it was still known as Rhodesia.

 

Jonny Bairstow

Bairstow missed England’s victorious World Cup campaign due to the freak accident that he suffered on a day off whilst playing golf in September, otherwise he would surely have involved, after a stellar summer with the test team.

His father David also played cricket for England and Yorkshire, but tragically took his own life after running into financial difficulties. Given that son has not only emulated but surpassed the achievement of his father, he would have been proud had he lived to see it.

 

Stuart Broad

Earlier this year Stuart Broad went past the record of Glenn McGrath to become the fifth highest wicket-taker of all time. Although he has missed the current test series with Pakistan because his fiancée has just had their first child, it has already been confirmed he will be part of the Ashes next summer.

His father Chris was an opening bat who played 25 tests and 34 ODIs for England, before becoming a highly respected match referee. And, to show there is no favouritism in the family, father once fined son for breaching the code of conduct in a test match!

 

The Marsh brothers

Shaun and Mitchell Marsh who are both part of the Australian international set-up also have a famous father in the form of father Geoff, who played 450 tests and 117 ODIs for his country between 1985 and 1992.

He was a right-handed opening bat who was also a part-time off spin bowler, whereas Shaun is a left-handed batter, whilst Mitchell is an all-rounder, and pace bowler.

Both brothers have unique Indian T20 league records to their name, Shaun was the first winner of the Orange Cap for top run-scorer, whilst Mitchell is the only man to have played for two franchises from two different cities. He appeared for Rise Pune Supergiant and Pune Warriors and also the Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

 

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