Brett Lee heaped praise on Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Arjun Tendulkar for his outstanding performance in the final over against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). On April 18, MI secured their third victory of the IPL 2023 season with a 14-run victory over SRH courtesy of a brilliant all-around performance.
In pursuit of 192 runs, SRH fought back despite losing wickets at regular intervals. In order to help revive the game, Mayank Agarwal and Heinrich Klaasen each scored 55 runs, but Riley Meredith and Piyush Chawla eventually dismissed them.
With 20 required off the final over and Impact Player Abdul Samad and Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the crease, SRH were still in the hunt for a potential victory. However, Arjun, the son of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, was tasked with defending his team in a high-pressure situation.
Not only did the left-arm pacer assist in defending the total, but he also took his first wicket of the tournament by dismissing Bhuvneshwar. Lee heaped a great deal of praise on the juvenile seamer’s performance and opined that his exposure to high-pressure situations will aid him tremendously in the future.
“He (Arjun) managed the stress magnificently. To allow only 4-5 runs in the final over while securing his first IPL wicket. Brett Lee said on JioCinema, “Congratulations to him, but I had said prior to that happening that, regardless of what happened at the end, the experience of him bowling in the death – I’m hoping it’s a positive one – will only improve his game.”
Arjun Tendulkar has perfected his skills: Brett Lee
The former Australian praised Arjun for displaying his mettle during pivotal moments of the game and was also impressed by his wide yorkers.
“He attempted to execute that wide-line yorker very well. “It’s difficult coming in, playing only his second game, with the entire team depending on him, and he honed himself impeccably, spoke well, and his game will only get better,” Lee said.