Indicated by:| Edited by: IANS |Source: |Updated: Sep 23, 2022, 12:19 PM IST
The experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India came in handy when Tim David, who played 14 Twenty20 Internationals for Singapore, made his debut for Australia on Tuesday in the first T20I of the three-game series against India in mohali. .
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Due to his familiarity with Indian conditions and having played against most Indian players in the IPL, David didn’t feel much pressure as he teamed up with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade to lead Australia to a four wicket win against India at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra stadium in Mohali.
David hit a 14-ball 18, hit one four and one six, lifting 62 runs for the sixth wicket partnership with Wade (45 from 21 balls) as they led Australia to victory.
After making a name for himself in franchise cricket around the world, David was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2021 before being acquired by Mumbai Indians for Rs 8.25 crore at the auction last March. However, after a few early failures, he sat on the bench and wasn’t released until the second half of the IPL when he helped the team score a few wins.
That experience of playing in India with and against the players who make up the Indian team was why David was quite calm and composed as he helped Wade lead Australia home.
“I certainly have the experience of playing in India before and played quite a bit of T20 cricket recently. I felt calm last night because I knew we were in a good position to be able to chase those runs. The way the pitch played to to cross the line, it’s yet to happen, it’s not happening right away. There were some great performances from our batters in the chase,” said Tim David in the pre-match virtual press conference for the second T20I against India at the VCA Stadium here on Friday.
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He said it also helped to have Wade on the other side as they are part of the same Hurricanes team in the Big Bash League. “I played a lot with Matty (Matthew Wade) at the Hurricanes, but didn’t hit him much. Anyway, he did the heavy lifting so it was nice to be on the other side and watch him” said the 26-year-old. year old David.
Since the matches were held outside of Australia, David had the opportunity to invite his parents and family to come to India and watch him play. Australia had imposed heavy restrictions on overseas travelers for two years because of Covid.
“Luckily my family traveled there so that was nice. I played quite a bit and I saw that Covid was a limitation to come to Australia and watch matches so I have been kind of encouraged by parents and family to come about whenever they want. So that was pretty nice to have them here,” David said on Thursday.
(With input from IANS)