Farhan Akhtar bats for Arjun Tendulkar after IPL selection, says calling it nepotism is cruel

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar on Saturday said those calling former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun's selection in the IPL as a sign of "nepotism" are being "cruel" to the young player.

Why is Arjun Tendulkar in news 

Arjun Tendulkar was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 20 lakh at the Indian Premiere League (IPL) auction on Thursday.

The left-arm pacer had entered the auction with the base price of Rs 20 lakh and was sold at the same price to the five-time IPL champions.

His father, Sachin Tendulkar, had played for Mumbai Indians for five editions, beginning from 2008 when the IPL was launched in the country.

Backlash from social media

Arjun Tendulkar's entry to the team was criticised by a section on social media, which felt he got an undue advantage only because he was the son of the cricket icon.

The 21-year-old recently made his senior Mumbai team debut when he played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the national T20 championship, against Haryana.

Farhan Akhtar supports

Akhtar came out in support on Arjun Tendulkar in a post on Twitter, saying his enthusiasm shouldn't be killed with unfair comments.

Mumbai: Actor Farhan Akhtar during the event in Mumbai on March 30, 2016. Lifestyle International Pvt Ltd announced Farhan Akhtar as the brand ambassador for its contemporary menswear brand - Code by Lifestyle. (Photo: IANS)

"I feel I should say this about Arjun Tendulkar. We frequent the same gym and I have seen how hard he works on his fitness, seen his focus to be a better cricketer.

"To throw the word 'nepotism' at him is unfair and cruel. Don't murder his enthusiasm and weigh him down before he's begun," the 47-year-old Bhaag Milkha Bhaag star wrote.

Arjun Tendulkar was the last player to go under the hammer during the auction and there was one bid for him and that was by Mumbai Indians.

So far, the left-handed batsman and left-arm pacer has played two matches for Mumbai in the T20 format, in which he has scored three runs and taken two wickets.

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