David’s much-anticipated debut for Australia came in the first T20I of the three-match series against India. Although the 26-year-old scored a modest 14-ball 18, he was involved in a match-winning 62-run stand with Matthew Wade (45* off 21) to help Australia chase down 209 with four balls to spare.
Speaking in a virtual press conference, David hailed the Australian batters’ performances to ace the steep chase, while also explaining how the experience of playing in the IPL came in handy for him.
He was quoted as saying by The Indian Express:
“Having some good experience playing in India, I think finishing off games and understanding how it can go and how the pitches can play or when it kind of lights up in front of you, so you know, there can be an advantage batting second in Indian conditions.
“That was a good experience in IPL to draw on to the other night out there in the middle. And that was some brilliant performances from our batsman, the chase that score down.”
Although David failed to impress in IPL 2021 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), he did a magnificent job for the Mumbai Indians (MI) earlier this year. The all-rounder scored 186 runs in eight matches at a strike rate of 216.28 and an average of 37.20.
“I think my role on the team here is to be batting in the middle order” – Tim David
Reflecting on his role for Australia, David stated that since he might be batting in the middle order, his job is to hit the big shots. He added:
“I think my role on the team here is to be batting in the middle order. So that means that I’m not going to be facing a lot of balls in matches. And I’m probably going to try and put the foot down with my batting first or if we’re chasing, trying to finish off the game.
“So I’ve got to tick off my boxes of trying to play powerful shots, trying to clear the boundary and I think that’s a big part of my training. It’s very similar to what I’ve been playing T20 cricket over the last year and 18 months so I guess I’m trying to bring my experiences that I’ve had so far and just take the game on and help the team win games.”
Australia will hope to seal the series in the second T20I in Nagpur on Friday, September 23.