Mumbai Indians (MI) opener Ishan Kishan said that dropping Tim David may have worked in his favor as the latter took the break to work on his batting on Indian pitches and it has paid off so far.
David’s latest exploit in the IPL 2022 season was against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) where he almost single-handedly won MI the game with an 18-ball 46. The knock included four sixes off T Natarajan in the 18th over, before being run out in the same over.
“IPL is a big stage and the decisions taken by the management is for the betterment of the team. Nothing personal in it. Unfortunately, he (David) was dropped from the team.”
“But if you look at the other way, he prepared himself to play in the Indian wickets. So, being dropped isn’t always bad as it gives the player an opportunity to analyse his game,” Kishan was quoted as saying in the post-match press conference.
“Sometimes these decisions help players when they return” – Ishan Kishan
David was given two matches at the start of the season before being dropped. His price tag of INR 8 crore was hung over the management’s head as criticism but the axing may have worked in the all-rounder’s favor, eventually.
“The comeback he has made and the innings he has played have been mind-blowing. So, it was a good call (to drop David). A lot of people will say that the way he is playing, he should’ve been backed from the start.”
“But, it’s always tough for the captain and management to make calls. Sometimes these decisions help players when they return and perform well,” Kishan added.
MI ended up losing to SRH by 3 runs and they will now finish at the bottom of the table.