Tim David has earned himself a massive payday as the Mumbai Indians acquired his services for the upcoming IPL season for AUD$1.53 million.
David, who was born in Singapore, became Australia’s highest earner in the IPL as Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Aaron Finch went unsold at the auction.
Singapore international cricketer Tim David was signed by Mumbai Indians for Rs 8.25 crore at the IPL 2022 auction in Bengaluru on Sunday. David was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore as replacement for Finn Allen in IPL 2021, and played a solitary match in the season.
cricket news writer and commentators said that David was the biggest surprise to come out of the IPL auction.
“Tim David … not many people, except hard cricket followers, would really have heard of him,”
“Tim David overtook Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh.
“He (David) was the highest paid Australian at the IPL auction.”
David, who grew up in Perth, has become a white ball specialist and has played for several T20 franchises in Australia, England, India, Pakistan, and the Caribbean.
David is emblematic of the new generation of cricketers who are ditching domestic cricket and the baggy green to earn millions of dollars playing in T20 tournaments around the world and all year round.
“He’s never played a Sheffield Shield game,” Horne said on David.
“He’s played 16 (domestic) games mostly for Western Australia.”
Horne says now that the international spotlight is on Tim David after the auction, a solid IPL campaign could ignite David’s international career.
“He was born in Singapore (and) his dad played for Singapore,” he said.
“But he is Australian and is eligible to play for Australia.
“If he has a big IPL on that kind of money, he may well come into contention for Australia.”
Other Australians to earn a $1 million IPL contract at the auction include Josh Hazlewood ($1.44 million), Pat Cummins ($1.35m), Mitch Marsh ($1.2m) and David Warner ($1.16m).
Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson and Ben McDermott failed to get picked up in the auction.
Timothy Hays David, better known as Tim David, is a Singaporean-Australian cricketer. He plays for the Singapore national cricket team and various Twenty20 franchise teams across the world. He made his international debut for Singapore in July 2019 and made his IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2021.
Current teams: Multan Sultans (Batsman), Mumbai Indians
Born: 16 March 1996 (age 25 years), Singapore
Nationality: Singaporean and Australian
Height: 1.96 m
Batting style: Right-handed
Bowling: Right-arm off break
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Tim David has represented his birth country Singapore on the international level. When he was not able to get in the Perth Scorchers side, he went on to play for his Birth country. Hobart Hurricanes coach Adam Griffith gave him a chance in BBL 10 to play for the Hurricanes. Griffith said that the no-fear attitude of Tim David makes him an asset.