Singapore-born Australian headed to Mumbai Indians while Aaron Finch, Steven Smith and Adam Zampa went unsold
The big-hitting West Australian David, who has so far earned international stripes for his birthplace of Singapore, and not the country where he was raised, was snapped up for A$ 1.53 million by Mumbai Indians franchise in Sunday’s second day of the mega auction.
Instead, it was imposing and rapidly rising 25-year-old Hobart Hurricanes’ hitter David, with his globe-trotting ‘have bat, will travel’ career, who had five franchises grappling for his signature after he had been put on the market for the most modest A$ 75,000.
David, who has grown up in Perth since he was very young, is a man much in demand in T20 leagues around the globe and is currently wowing them in the Pakistan Super League with Multan Sultans before he moves on to Lancashire Lightning in the English county summer.
“We’ve been tracking Tim and he has got success at RCB last year. Looking forward to seeing him and (Kieron) Pollard finishing innings for us,” said Mumbai’s owner Akash Ambani.
In all, A$ 12.23 million was spent on wooing Australians for this year’s IPL campaign.