Whenever the sons of cricketing legends decide to follow the footsteps of his father, they need to live up the expectations of the fans of their respective fathers and carry forward that name. Players often fail to live up to the hopes, while only a few are exceptions to that as well.
There have been players like Rohan Gavaskar and Stuart Binny who found it difficult to sustain at the international level and there was Mohinder Amarnath who made his father Lala Amarnath proud by by making a crucial impact in India’s first World Cup-winning squad in 1983.
Here’s a look at the Indian cricketers’ sons who might became a future of Indian cricket:
Rahul Dravid is known as ‘The Wall’ of Indian cricket for his resilience, especially in overseas conditions. His son Samit Dravid made headlines in April 2016 when he smashed 125 runs with the help of 12 boundaries and formed a partnership of 213 runs with Pratyush Girish.
Despite the fact that Dravid Jr. follows a disciplined lifestyle like his father, but on a cricket field the story is aa bit different. Samit seems to be an aggressive batsman, who played diffidently and played in aggressive mode on only a few incidents.
Though the 11-year-old has a plethora of things to learn, he seems to have the spark that his father had and put up a great promise for the future of Indian cricket. Even Sri Lanka’s legendary spinner, Muttiah Muralitharan accepted that Samit has few traces of his father.
The young lad has a huge burden on his shoulders, more than any cricketer’s son in the world, being the son of Sachin Tendulkar – a legendary cricketer who is proclaimed as the “God of Cricket’. However, Arjun has immense talent in him and he is targeting to find a spot in Under-19 squad of India in the near future.
Arjun recently hit the headlines by injuring English batsman Jonny Bairstow in the nets and for helping Indian women cricketers prepare during recently concluded ICC Women World Cup 2017. Unlike a batsman like his father, Arjun is a left-arm pacer who has been often compared to Zaheer Khan for his express pace.
At his age, Sachin had already started playing international cricket. Arjun would like to make his name in international cricket in near future by making a name in Ranji Trophy and other coveterd tournaments like Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the domestic circuit.
Though it won’t be a fair comparison of Aryavir Sehwag to his father, but the young lad showed hints of his father while playing for Sehwag Academy against Udaybhan Academy. Sehwag Jr. scored an aggressive knock of 51 in the top order and also picked up 2 wickets for 32 runs, which turned out to be a match-winning effort.
In the upcoming October, Aryavir will be turning 10 and he recently interviewed Virat Kohli & the other Indian cricketers during ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The interview videos went viral on internet because of the witty questions and one-liners which his father is also known for. He also asked Kohli whether he could play for India in 2023 World Cup to which Kohli replied that ‘anything is possible’.