Arjun Tendulkar was bought by the Mumbai Indians for 20 GEL at an auction in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday.
The left-handed pacer had bid at a base price of GEL 20 and was sold at the same price to the five-time IPL champions.
His famous father, Sachin Tendulkar, has played for the Indians in Mumbai for five editions, starting in 2008, when the IPL launched in the country.
Arjun Tendulkar’s entry into the team has been criticized by a social media section who believed he had been given an undue advantage just because he was the son of a cricket icon.
Akhtar came out in support of Arjun Tendulkar in a Twitter post, saying his enthusiasm should not be killed by unfair comments.
“I feel like I have to say this about Arjun Tendulkar. We go to the same gym and I saw how hard he works on his gym, I saw that his focus is to be a better cricketer.
“Throwing the word ‘nepotism’ at him is unfair and cruel. Don’t kill his enthusiasm and pull him off before he starts,” wrote the 47-year-old Bhaag star Milkha Bhaag.
Arjun Tendulkar was the last player to go under the hammer during the auction and there was an offer for him, from the Mumbai Indians.
The 21-year-old recently made his senior debut in the Mumbai senior team when he played in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the T20 national championship, against Haryana.
So far, the left-handed left-handed man has played two T20 matches for Mumbai, scoring three runs and taking two wickets.