Tim David is going to be Australia’s wildcard in the T20 World Cup – so who is this relative unknown looming as the host nation’s match winner?
- Batsman Tim David emerges as a key figure for Australia in the T20 World Cup
- Power Finisher, 26, is known for crossing the line when in the fold
- David will join Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell as power hitters
- Australia will take on New Zealand in the first pool match on SCG Saturday from 6 p.m
He is the cricket nomad parachuted to Australia’s XI for the T20 World Cup on local shores.
Tim David, 26, will replace Steve Smith, a man recently named Australia’s best batsman since Don Bradman.
So who exactly is this guy who seemingly crushes sixes for fun?
Born in Singapore, David grew up in Western Australia and attended the prestigious Scotch College.
He was offered a state contract in 2018/19 but turned it down and has instead become a world traveler on hire for a succession of T20 teams from India to England, Pakistan and the Caribbean.
The bold decision paid off, with the hulking batsman – who can throw handy right arm off-breaks if needed – now widely regarded as one of the best finishers in T20 cricket.
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Not bad for a man who still hasn’t played first-class cricket.
David’s role in the middle order for Australia will be to find the border late, between 15 and 20.
If he cleans it up, even better.
David Warner, co-opener Aaron Finch and No. 3 Mitch Marsh will be entrusted with getting Australia on a flyer in all their matches.
Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell can run a T20 race faster than most, but David will be the man expected to loot late in the innings.
That’s a lot of pressure to set up someone with little international experience, but when David feels under the pump, he doesn’t show it.
“All my chances have been in T20 and it just naturally evolved that way,” said David.
“I think that’s what I enjoy and I’ve tried to keep it simple.
David Warner, co-opener Aaron Finch and No. 3 Mitch Marsh will be entrusted with getting Australia to a flyer in all of their T20 matches – with Tim David to take the finisher role
Australia – the defending champions of the T20 World Cup – take on New Zealand from 6pm on Saturday at the SCG in their first pool match (Tim David was recently pictured against England in Canberra)
“I’m preparing to play the part I played in franchise cricket. I think that’s why I was selected in the squad.’
He wasn’t wrong when he said the T20 was his time to shine.
David has represented Mumbai Indians, Lahore Qalandars, Surrey, Southern Brave and St Lucia Kings among others in recent years, just to name a few.
Each maximum has increased in value, with David’s IPL contract with Mumbai worth a staggering $1.5 million.
The expectation of being Australia’s trump card in the T20 World Cup as a relative unknown would upset many – but David would follow it all closely.
In recent years Tim David has represented Mumbai Indians, Lahore Qalandars, Surrey, Southern Brave and St Lucia Kings, among others, as a T20 specialist batsman chasing late runs
And why wouldn’t he? He is living proof how lustful hitting in T20 cricket can open all the right doors and be very lucrative when it comes to bank balances.
New Zealand legend Ross Taylor has named the 26-year-old someone to keep an eye on.
“He’s had some useful cameos in his short appearances for Australia so far and he clearly has a lot of power. He seems to be able to push boundaries easily,” he said.
Aussie fans will really love him and cricket fans around the world will enjoy watching him. Tim knows the fields and conditions and I think he can have a good month ahead.’
Weather permitting, Australia – the defending champions of the T20 World Cup – will take on New Zealand in the SCG from 6pm on Saturday.