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‘MI paid all that money to Tim David to bench him for an under-19 Saffer?’ – Twitter perplexed by MI’s team selection

MI all-rounder Tim David continues to be benched as MI heads into their fifth game of the season against Punjab Kings. MI are coming off four straight defeats, and are desperate for a win. Their bottom-of-the-table companions thus far, Chennai Super Kings finally managed to secure a win last night (April 12) against RCB, and MI will not want the ignonimy of remaining the only winless team.

But they have made some baffling decisions. Their batting has been par across the last two games, but middle-order batter Ramandeep Singh still made way for pacer Tymal Mills. Mills was indeed impressive in the last two games for MI, taking two wickets against KKR and three versus the Royals, but this means MI now only bat up to Kieron Pollard  at number six.

MI finally won a toss and send PBKS in to bat, but the Punjab batsmen have taken them to the cleaners so far. They were 99-1 at the halfway mark, after Murugan Ashwin finally managed to send the rampaging PBKS skipper Mayank Agarwal back after he scored 52(32). Playing the extra bowler Mills seems to have had little effect considering how they were all tonked around the park anyway.

The Singapore-Australian-origin Tim David was dropped after poor performances in the first two games. Mumbai splurged on him at the auction, spending 8.25 crores only to bench him when he couldn’t make an instant impression. David is the first Singapore-born cricketer to feature in the IPL, but has made a name himself across T20 leagues worldwide, including the Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League. He has a strikerate of over 160 in T20 cricket, and according to Twitter, deserved a better chance than the one he got. The decision to continue with Basil Thampi and Jaydev Unadkat has also been receiving plenty of flack.

Twitter rues Tim David being dropped, criticise Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat

 

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