Tim David has quickly established himself as one of the most destructive short-form batsmen in cricket, and an Australian debut looks imminent.
We have to talk about Tim David.
The 26-year-old has quickly established himself as one of the most destructive short-form batsmen in cricket, with his Australian debut looking imminent.
After playing a handful of caps for Singapore, David has turned heads in countless domestic T20 competitions, including the Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League and Caribbean Premier League.
And on Saturday night, David’s calls to win the Australian national team increased in magnitude after another winning performance in the Indian Premier League.
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The Mumbai Indians were in trouble when David reached the crease in the 15th, requiring 65 runs from 33 deliveries to defeat Ricky Ponting’s Delhi Capitals at Wankhede Stadium.
But it was a situation David was all too familiar with: he is a proven finisher, something Australian cricket was desperately seeking 12 months ago.
After facing two points balls, including a slight lead towards the goalkeeper that Delhi failed to check, David scored 34 runs in his next eight deliveries, combining with teammate Tilak Varma for a 50-run partnership to put Mumbai within one Target touch distance of 160 runs.
He hit two bounds and four sixes before Indian sailor Shardul Thakur took him out with a low, full pitch, but the damage was done.
It was the latest in a series of explosive cameos from David this season, including an elegant 46 (18) against the Hyderabad Sunrisers and an undefeated 44 (21) against the top-of-the-table Gujarat Titans.
He has scored 173 runs from 75 balls in his last six IPL games.
South African legend Dale Steyn tweeted: “Tim David, you’re coming a long way mate.”
Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh posted: “Well played @timdavid8 you are a powerful machine.”
The question must be asked: why is David not in the Australian T20 team?
David’s ability to clear the boundary rope without absorbing deliveries into the crease is what sets him apart from the rest of the competition, and with a T20 World Cup on the horizon, he has done more than enough to push his case for a national call-up. . up.
The right-hander has racked up 186 runs for the Mumbai Indians this year, averaging 37.20 with the bat at a 216.27 strike rate – no one scored more IPL runs in 2022 with a better strike rate than David.
He is only the third cricketer to finish an IPL campaign with 100+ runs and a 200+ strike rate, joining short-form icons Brendon McCullum and Andre Russell.
By comparison, Australian No. 6 starter Marcus Stoinis had a less successful IPL campaign with the Lucknow Super Giants, recording 147 runs at 21:00 with a strike rate of 151.54.
Stoinis was crucial to last year’s T20 World Cup triumph, hitting an unbeaten 40 (31) in the semi-final against Pakistan to secure Australia’s place in the decider.
But more importantly, Stoinis is not a natural T20 finisher: he has primarily found success opening the bats for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.
National selectors would be tempted to swap Stoinis in the order to make room for David at No. 6: George Bailey surely can’t ignore him much longer.
ESPNcricinfo’s Matt Roller tweeted: “If Tim David doesn’t play for Australia in the T20 World Cup later this year, then something has gone seriously wrong.”
The prospect of David and Glenn Maxwell joining forces is a delightful prospect for any Australian cricket fan.
David was bought by Mumbai Indians for a whopping AU$1.53 million at this year’s IPL auction, winning higher bids than Australian stalwarts Pat Cummins, David Warner and Josh Hazlewood.
“I spend a lot of time on the networks trying to do six,” David told reporters this week.
“It’s about putting pressure on the pitcher and recognizing the right situations for when you can try that in a game. There may be different pitches or pitches that suit the power stroke for particular bowlers, you have to pick those times. It’s about staying confident for the season and trusting your ability that you can get through training, a lot of practice, making sure you’re hitting the ball well and you can carry that into the game and have a fresh mind.”
The Mumbai Indians, who strangely dropped David early in the tournament, finished bottom of the IPL ladder with four wins from 14 matches.
They lost all six games David didn’t play in this season.
Originally published as ‘Power-hitting machine’: Tim David’s explosive IPL campaign ends with a winner