Australia’s latest debutant Tim David has credited the Indian Premier League (IPL) with helping him stay calm under pressure in the first T20I against India at Mohali on Tuesday September 20.
David’s highly anticipated debut for Australia came in the first T20I of the three-game series against India. Although the 26-year-old scored a modest 14-18, he was involved in a game-winning 62-run stand with Matthew Wade (45* from 21) to help Australia chase 209 with four balls to spare.
Speaking in a virtual press conference, David hailed the Australian batting performances to succeed in the chase, while explaining how the experience of playing in the IPL has come in handy for him.
He was quoted as saying by The Indian Express:
“Having a good experience playing in India, I think finishing the games and understanding how it can go and how the pitches can play or when it comes on in front of you, so you know, there can be an advantage in beating second in Indian conditions.
“It was a good experience at IPL to build on the other night there in the middle. And it was some brilliant performances from our batsman, the scoring chase.”
Although David failed to impress in the IPL 2021 for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), he did a magnificent job for Mumbai Indians (MI) earlier this year. The all-rounder scored 186 points in eight games with a strike rate of 216.28 and an average of 37.20.
“I think my role on the team here is to bat in the middle order” – Tim David
Reflecting on his role for Australia, David said that since he could be batting in the middle order, his job is to hit the big shots. He added:
“I think my role in the team here is to hit in the middle order. So that means I’m not going to face a lot of balls in games. And I’ll probably try to land my foot. stick first or if we chase, let’s try to finish the game.
“So I have to tick my boxes to try and play power shots, try to push the limits and I think that’s a big part of my training. It’s very similar to what I played in T20 cricket at last year and 18 months so I guess I try to bring my experiences that I’ve had so far and just take the game and help the team win games.”
Australia will be hoping to seal the streak at the second T20I in Nagpur on Friday, September 23.