Working hard is for people born without privileges?! Is that what Arjun Tendulkar driving at these days?
Presently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Mumbai Indians as a nets bowler, Arjun has taken social media by storm recently with his pics going viral ahead of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the most talked-about being an abs-flaunting pic. There has been another of him having a nice pool time with some of the squad members.
At 20, Arjun's biggest achievement so far is finding a spot among the nets bowlers at Mumbai Indians. At the same age, his father, the great Sachin Tendulkar had already scored thousands of runs for India, playing against some of the finest bowlers the world had ever seen.
Those early days in his cricketing career, Sachin did some TV advertisements, most famous being the one with the legendary Kapil Dev, confidently uttering "Boost is the secret of my energy". He rose to prominence when there were no phones, no social media and it helped him and cricketers in general immensely.
Arjun, on the other hand, is receiving flak for having a good, easy life without having even made a Ranji Trophy appearance as yet. Is it his fault if he has an extremely accomplished father?
And what's wrong with having a comfortable life?! Nothing. Everyone has a right to have a good time. He is a young man born in a different era where selfies are considered a major form of expression. And he is entitled to benefit from his father's success too.
Arjun doesn't have to take buses, local trains in Mumbai to commute, lugging his kit bag and eating vada pavs just like his father did. And he may not be averse to those experiences but Sachin is likely to have problems with that. What father will let his son/daughter toil the way he did? In Indian society particularly, are not kids heir to the wealth of their parents? At least in the overwhelming majority of cases.
What irks most people is that Arjun could be part of the Mumbai Indians squad if there is an injury and a player has to pull out of the league. Mumbai will be well within their rights if they choose him. You are a commie if you envy his privileges. And communism went out of fashion years ago!
On a serious note, let's be realistic and not blame him. He is just a young man who is desperately trying to follow in his father's footsteps. Let's give credit where credit is due. And who knows his privileges may just do the trick and make him a fine prospect for the national team in the near future.