Tim David will Make his Next Stop With IPL
By Tanushka Gain
on Tue Sep 07 2021
Tim David has had a meteoric rise over the past two years. He went from being a fringe player in Western Australia and as an associate star with Singapore with the Perth Scorchers. And now being snatched away by T20 leagues across the world. Which will soon include IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
There will be a familiar face in the RCB set-up when David will be in charge of Hobart Hurricanes along with his assistant coach Adam Griffith. Where he now plays in BBL. Griffith is confident that David’s fearless approach and power-hitting ability will put him in good stead if an opportunity comes to him.
Tim David played a stand-out hand for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL before moving to Surrey in 2021. Where he dominated the Royal London Cup. Which culminated in a call-up to Dakshin Bahadur in Hundred. A crucial cameo of a total of 15 off 6 balls and a brilliant straight hit from the boundary to run out Liam Livingstone helped the Braves lift the title.
And he is now taking the CPL by storm for St Lucia Kings just weeks after securing his first IPL deal as a replacement player at RCB. Griffith believes Team David is a rare talent. Which would only get better in an RCB environment.
“They have no fear.” “I was watching the Caribbean Premier League the other day. The second ball he faced in the competition. He hit someone over cover for a six.
“He sees the ball very hard. He doesn’t lift his head when it hits. Because he knows he has the power to do what he needs to do. I think it’s a part of his success.” Big part. And he’s starting to get a reputation. And once people start getting prestige the bowlers start tightening up a bit and that’s part of it too.
“I hope he learns a lot. He will be able to watch AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli bat during training and how they prepare. And all our batting group will be able to watch Glenn Maxwell as well,” he added.
Tim David wants to bat in the middle. He wants to bat at the end. He wants to be the guy who finishes the innings and gets the ball off the ground.
Much has been said about Tim David’s performance for Singapore, but he is eligible to play for Australia under ICC rules. He spent most of his life in Australia but, as have Eoin Morgan and others. Players may move from the Allies to represent full member countries without serving the three-year term required for other moves.
David grew up in Perth and attended Scotch College. Where Australia’s Test all-rounder Cameron Green was just three years his junior. He dominated club cricket in Perth for Claremont-Nedlands. And for some time was a contracted player with Western Australia. He scored a century for his second XI.
But opportunities didn’t go down the traditional domestic cricket route in Australia. And he has turned himself into a T20 gun for hire in recent days, working on his batting with former Somerset all-rounder and Clermont-Nedlands coach Jim Allenby.
Tim David was not taken seriously for Australia’s T20 World Cup squad. But he is a player the hierarchy is eyeing to fill a T20 role. Which has long been a hole in Australia’s line-up.
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