Source - sportal.com.au
New South Wales all-rounder Dominic Thornely has become the latest Australian to join the lucrative Indian Premier League.
Thornely confirmed on Tuesday evening that he had signed a deal with the Mumbai Indians.
The 29-year-old will join master batsman Sachin Tendulkar and Western Australia's Luke Ronchi at the powerful franchise.
Thornely has vowed to soak up all he can in the whirlwind tournament.
"The most important thing for me is the chance to play against international players from all over the world and develop my game," Thornely said.
"This could be, potentially, something that kick starts me and proves to myself that I am good enough to play international cricket."
"To play against some of the best players in the world gives you a measuring guide as to where you are positioned."
"Playing in a tournament like this will make me a better cricketer, no question about that. It will give me an insight into how other training techniques are used from other players in the world."
"I intend to learn from as much as I can from the players I play with and against."
The move to Mumbai came out of the blue for Thornely, who played a key role in New South Wales' Pura Cup winning campaign.
"I was sitting at home last week watching a fishing show thinking the next six weeks would be a bit of a break after the big Pura Cup win and getting some pre-season training in," Thornely explained.
"It was a simple phone call from the Mumbai team manager and they asked if I was interested in playing and the answer was obviously yes."
"Within a couple of hours we had negotiated a contract."
South African veteran Shaun Pollock is another new team-mate of Thornely, a twist of fate the redhead appreciates.
"The fact that I have played my whole career with people telling me I look like Shaun Pollock, well, it's quite ironic that I am running around with him," Thornely quipped.
"If I don't get a game and nobody knows me I might just throw Shaun Pollock's shirt on my back and take all the credit."
Thornely has been a consistent performer for his state at Twenty20 level.
In his 23 matches in the condensed version of the game, Thornely has averaged almost 24 with the bat at a strike rate a tick above 130.
He has also taken 18 wickets at the respectable average of 19.05.