IPL 2022: There will be pressure on Tim David when he plays for Mumbai Indians, says Shane Watson

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Two-time IPL champion Shane Watson believes that a high price tag brings a lot of expectations and there will be pressure on Tim David when he turns up to play for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Notably, Tim David was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 8.25 crore on Day 2 of the mega auction. David was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021.

“Definitely, with the high price tag, comes a lot of expectations and pressure from your franchise. It is not until you get into the gametime when you really know how to absorb that pressure that is there. I have seen a number of players who have had that expectation and they thrived under it — Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are those kinds of guys,” Watson said on the ‘ICC Review’ show.

David has represented Singapore in international cricket in 14 T20Is, collecting 558 runs at an average of 46.5 and a strike rate of 158.52 since his debut against Qatar in July 2019.

“But there are a number of guys, you can see that the pressure suffocated their performance. Tim David of Singapore plays in the BBL, the first time he has got the opportunity to play in the IPL and he will play for Mumbai Indians, so there will be pressure. It does provide different complexities and it is exciting about the IPL,” he added.

Mumbai Indians also picked up England pacer Jofra Archer in the mega auction. The mega auction of IPL 2022, saw Ishan Kishan, Deepak Chahar, and Shreyas Iyer among the top picks of the event.

Mumbai Indians IPL 2022 squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Dewald Brevis, Basil Thampi, Murugan Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, N Tilak Varma, Sanjay Yadav, Jofra Archer, Daniel Sams, Tymal Mills, Tim David, Riley Meredith, Mohd Arshad Khan, Anmolpreet Singh, Ramandeep Singh, Rahul Buddhi, Hrithik Shokeen, Arjun Tendulkar, Aryan Juyal, Fabian Allen.

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