The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction concluded in Chennai on Thursday (February 18) as records were broken and surprise players fetched high prices while there were some shock unsold players. A total of 292 players went under the hammer as some teams went all out for players while others just brought players to fill their already settled squad.
The last player to be auctioned was Arjun Tendulkar, son of the great Sachin Tendulkar who was brought by the Mumbai Indians for his base price of Rs 20 lakh. Tendulkar who has some strong performances in the shield tournament in Mumbai and has played a couple of games in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will surely benefit from the experience of the Mumbai Indians bowlers.
However, Arjun is not the first cricketer to follow in his father’s footsteps with several other Indians also on the list.
Here’s a look at some of them:
Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi: Perhaps one of the most talented father-son duo to ever represent India the Pataudi were the stars of the early Indian team which was still taking baby steps in the cricketing world. Iftikhar was a talented batsman who played six tests which included the infamous Bodyline series of 1932-33.
The younger Pataudi would achieve more success as he would go on to captain India at just the age of 21 and would represent the nation 46 times. Junior Pataudi would score 2793 runs at an average of 34.9 with a high score of 203.
As a tribute to their contribution to the game, the India-England Test series has been named as the Pataudi trophy.
Sunil Gavaskar and Rohan Gavaskar: Sunil Gavaskar is perhaps one of the best batsman ever produced by India. The Mumbai lad scored 10,122 runs in 125 matches at an average of 51.12 with 45 half-centuries, 34 centuries, and 4 double centuries. In ODI he played 109 matches in which he managed to make 3092 runs at an average of 35.14 with 27 half-centuries and a sole century to his name.
Junior Gavaskar on the other hand wasn’t as effective as he played only 11 times for his country in which he managed to score 152 runs and take one wicket. Rohan for the most part played in the domestic circuit where he played 117 First Class and 126 List A matches.
Roger Binny and Stuart Binny: Roger Binny was a very handy all-rounder for the Indian side in the era of Kapil Dev and Madan Lal. Binny played 27 Test and 72 ODIS for India and was also the leading wicket-taker in India’s winning run at the 1983 World Cup.
His son Stuart Binny however hasn’t been as successful as his father with only 6 Tests, 14 ODIs, and 3 T20s appearances for India. However, he holds the record for the best ever figures in ODI by an Indian bowler when he took six wickets for 4 runs against Bangladesh on June 17, 2014, at Dhaka.
Yograj Singh and Yuvraj Singh: Yograj Singh was a fast bowler who represented his country who played six ODIs and a single Test match for India.
However, his son Yuvraj would go onto be one of the greatest all-rounder to ever play for India. He played 304 ODIs where he made 8701 runs at an average of 36.5 with 14 centuries and 52 half-centuries to his name.
Yuvraj was also instrumental in helping India win the 2007 T20 world Cup and 2011 Men’s ODI World Cup for which he was adjudged the Player of the Tournament.
Vijay Manjrekar and Sanjay Manjrekar: Vijay was a prolific batsman who played 55 Tests for India scoring 3208 runs at an average of 39.12 with 14 half-centuries and 7 centuries to his name.
His son Sanjay would only play 37 Test but was a part of the Indian team for 74 ODIs where he scored 1994 runs with four 100s and fifteen 50s. Sanjay has since ventured into commentary and is known for his unabashed views especially against Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.
Lala Amarnath and Mohinder and Surinder Amarnath: Lala Amarnath was the first skipper of independent India and played 24 times for the country in which he scored 878 runs and took 45 wickets.
His son Mohinder Amarnath was an all-rounder like his father and represented India 69 times in the Tests and 85 times in the ODIs. Mohinder was also a part of the Indian side that won the 1983 World Cup (Man of the Match in final) and was joint Player of the Series along with Imran Khan in the 1982-83 Pakistan series which India lost 3-0.
Meanwhile, Surinder was not as successful as he only took part in 10 Tests and 3 ODIs for India.