Cricketers’ Kids Carrying the Legacy

Cricketers’ Kids Carrying the Legacy

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The children of famous cricketers that follow in their parents’ footsteps are faced with high expectations as they create their own careers in the sport.

1. Arjun Tendulkar

Arjun Tendulkar was born September 24 1999, in Mumbai, Maharashtra, to cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar. Arjun, following in his father’s cricketing legacy, has shown incredible talent, both a bowler and also a batsman. His performances for Mumbai in the Ranjini Trophy captured the attention of scouts from the Mumbai Indians. In the 2022 IPL auction, Mumbai Indians bought him for 30 lakhs.

However, due to injuries he failed to make his IPL debut that year. On 16 April, 2023 he made his IPL debut against the Kolkata Knight Riders as injuries hit the Mumbai team. He is currently playing for Goa in the 2022-23 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as he seeks to sharpen his skills ahead of the 2024 IPL season and make a more impactful performance.

2. Samit Dravid

Samit Dravid was born on October 11, 2005 in Bengaluru, India to former cricketer, Rahul Dravid and Vijeta Pendharkar. Samit has been a constant presence in the stands, passionately cheering for his father Rahul Dravid since the IPL days.

What’s surprised many is his unwavering enthusiasm for cricket, even during his early teenage years. Unlike Arjun Tendulkar, Samit has largely stayed out of the media spotlight, which could be an advantage as he strives to carve his own path and honour his father’s legacy in the sport.

Coached by Rahul, Samit’s journey in cricket began when he made his domestic debut for Bangalore United Cricket Club (BUCC) during the Tiger Cup cricket tournament at the age of 14.

In December 2019, Samit showcased his skills balls in the Karnataka State Inter-zonal competition, scoring an impressive 201 runs off 250 balls. As of 2019, Samit has shun the spotlight and everyone is eager to see if he plans to play cricket professionally.

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3. Aryan Bangar

Aryan Bangar born 26 December 2000, son of the Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar, is following in his father’s footsteps as an all-rounder. In 2019, he gained valuable experience by playing a season with Leicestershire in the junior county game.

In 2021, Aryan represented Puducherry in the National U-19s Cooch Behar Trophy. His performance was impressive, scoring 300 runs in 5 games, including two half-centuries, and emerging as the highest scorer with 150 runs. Additionally, he showcased his bowling prowess by taking 20 wickets.

Aryan’s promising talent is worth keeping an eye on, and it will be fascinating to see how his cricketing journey unfolds.

4. Jake Lehmann

Jake Lehmann was born July 8 1992, in Melbourne, Australia. He is the son of the former Australian cricketer and coach, Darren Lehmann. Jake began his first-class career in the 2014–15 season and enjoyed early success, scoring a double century in his second season.

He began playing for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League in 2015 and hit a match-winning six against the Hobart Hurricanes in the first ball of his career and the last ball of the innings. His performances caught the attention of the Brisbane Heat and he signed for them in 2022.

In his most recent match for South Australia in March 2023, he hit a century (101 runs) in the first innings and 74-runs in the second innings. He continues to play for his state and it remains to be seen if he will feature for the Brisbane Heat next season.

5. Austin Waugh (Steve Waugh’s son)

Austin Waugh was born November 29, 1999 in Sydney, Australia. He the son of the legendary Australian cricket captain, Steve Waugh and has inherited his father’s versatility on the cricket field, showing immense promise.

In the 2016 Under-17 National Championships, Austin showcased his skills as both a bowler and a batsman, leaving a lasting impact on the cricketing community. Notably, he achieved a remarkable feat by bowling an unbroken 100, a testament to his determination and skill as a bowler. His all-round abilities were on full display, as he also contributed with the bat during the tournament, impressing everyone with his well-rounded game.

Austin represented Australia in the prestigious Under-19 World Cup held in New Zealand. The World Cup serves as a platform for young talents to shine on the international stage,
and Austin’s inclusion in the squad highlighted the faith and hope the selectors had in his abilities.

Steve Waugh’s immense success as a captain and player places a significant weight on the shoulders of Austin, as the next generation. Such high expectations can sometimes be overwhelming for young athletes seeking to establish their own identity and make their mark in the sport.

In 2020, recognizing the importance of balance and family time, Austin Waugh made a crucial decision to take a break from cricket. Stepping away from the game allowed him to spend quality time with his family and gain perspective on his cricketing journey.

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