‘With a high price tag comes a lot of expectation and pressure’: Watson predicts fate of Mumbai Indians’ new signing | locust

Five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians remained relatively quiet at the recent mega auction, but the franchise acquired some big names at the event. The Mumbai outfit splurged 8 crores to buy Jofra Archer, a staggering sum considering the England pacemaker’s recent injury problems. They also broke the bank to buy out young opener Ishan Kishan for 15.25 crore on the first day of the auction.

When it came to finding a player who could bolster the team with his ability to finish games, Mumbai Indians shelled out 8.25 crore for Tim David. The Mumbai Indians will be without Hardik and Krunal Pandya and the addition of David to the mix secures the batting unit, which has been craving a finisher capable of taking part in a late blitz.

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Reacting to David’s inclusion in the Mumbai Indians’ roster, former Australian all-rounder Shane Watson said there will be pressure on the Singaporean cricketer when he plays in the IPL.

“Certainly, with the high price tag, there’s a lot of expectation and pressure from your franchise. It’s only when you get into the game that you really know how to absorb that pressure that’s out there. I have seen a number of players who had that expectation and thrived on it – Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are those kind of guys,” Watson said on the ICC Review.

“But there are a number of guys, you can see the pressure has smothered their performance. Tim David from Singapore is playing in the BBL, this is the first time he’s had the opportunity to play in the IPL and he will be playing for Mumbai Indians, so there will be pressure. He offers different complexities and it’s exciting about the IPL,” added Watson.

The first Singaporean to play in the country’s lucrative T20 league, David was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the latest edition of the IPL. He was chosen as a substitute player by the Bangalore side ahead of the second leg, but David only played one game last year.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians head coach Mahela Jayawardene also revealed that David was on the team’s radar ahead of the mega auction. The franchise also bought the England playmaker from Tymal Mills, for 1.5 crore and Australian fast bowler Riley Meredith for 1 crore.

“He’s been on our radar for a while. He’s been playing well for a few months. We knew Jofra would come in late so we couldn’t go strong at first but we needed someone to back up our hitter so we We decided to play a completely different game. David was part of that plan. We had the purse to go get them both,” Jayawardene told the Mumbai Indians website.

Eleanor C. William