Well aware of the burden of expectations that comes with a legendary surname, former India player Rohan Gavaskar is miffed at the way the cricket fraternity is following each and every move of Sachin Tendulkar’s 14-year-old son, Arjun.
Clearly not in a mood to discuss the progress made by the junior Tendulkar in school-level cricket, the son of legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said the kid should be left alone and allowed to "enjoy" his cricket.
"This is something I do not wish to discuss. I don't want to talk about it," Rohan said at first.
Prodded a bit, Rohan said, "The kid should be left alone, let him enjoy his cricket. I have spoken to Sachin, I have spoken to Anjali (Tendulkar) about it. This is not fair on them."
While his father is considered to be one of India's finest ever batsman, the 37-year-old Rohan couldn't really reach those dizzy heights during a cricket career spanning over a decade and a half.
Rohan played in 11 One Day internationals, with 54 being his best. With 6,938 runs and 18 centuries in 117 matches, his first-class record stands a lot better. He had also captained West Bengal for two seasons. Gavaskar had retired from first-class cricket last year.
Now a cricket commentator, Rohan shared the box with his father during the current ODI series against Australia.
Knowing well that constant comparison could be a problem, Rohan doesn't want Arjun to be weighed on the same scale as his legendary father when he grows up.
Arjun, who bats left-handed, had scored a century in the Mumbai Cricket Association's Under-14 selection trials in May last year.