Arjun Tendulkar, who had been associated with Mumbai Indians for several years, finally got an opportunity to play for the franchise in the last two matches and contributed to their wins. Social media is abuzz with wishes and congratulatory messages for the young Tendulkar, who has become the latest addition to the list of father-son duos in cricket.
Though many are familiar with the likes of Broad, Marsh, and Amaranath, there are several lesser-known father-son duos who have played the sport at a competitive level.
Sir Donald Bradman and John Bradman
Sir Donald Bradman, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, played for Australia during the 1920s and 1930s. His son, John, also played cricket and followed in his father’s footsteps by representing South Australia in first-class cricket.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Tagenarine Chanderpaul
Tagenarine Chanderpaul, the son of former West Indies cricket legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, has recently burst onto the international cricket scene. Despite not having much of a cricketing history to his name, Tagenarine made his Test debut against the formidable Australian team last year, and managed to impress everyone with his exceptional technique and composure. Many have noted that he bears striking similarities to his father, who carried the middle-order burden for the West Indies team for over two decades.
Martin Crowe and Jeff Crowe
Martin Crowe was a highly successful New Zealand batsman who scored over 10,000 runs in international cricket. His brother, Jeff, also played for New Zealand and later went on to become an ICC match referee.
Lance Cairns and Chris Cairns
Lance Cairns, a former New Zealand all-rounder who played in the 1980s, was known for his aggressive style of play. His son, Chris, followed in his father’s footsteps and became a highly successful all-rounder for New Zealand in the 1990s and 2000s.
Deryck Murray and Darren Bravo
Deryck Murray, a wicketkeeper-batsman who played for the West Indies in the 1970s and 1980s, was a part of the legendary West Indies team that dominated world cricket during that era. His son, Darren, has also represented the West Indies in all three formats of the game and has been one of their most reliable batsmen in recent times.
These father-son duos have not only left a lasting impact on the sport of cricket, but have also inspired young players to pursue the game with a passion. From Sir Donald Bradman’s unparalleled batting records to Chris Cairns’ match-winning performances, these duos have set the bar high for future generations to aspire towards.
In addition to these players, there have also been successful father-son coaching duos, such as Geoff Marsh and Shaun Marsh of Australia, and Kepler Wessels and Riki Wessels of South Africa.