Tim David, who has played for Singapore, is eligible to represent Australia and had spoken with Cricket Australia’s chairman of selectors, George Bailey.
Mumbai Indians’ Tim David during a net session. (Courtesy: Mumbai Indians)
- Tim David was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 8.25 cr
- T20 World Cup 2022 will begin in October in Australia
- David smashed 16 sixes and 12 boundaries in 8 outings for MI
Former Australia cricketer Shane Watson wants Australia to “find a way” to add Singaporean Tim David to their T20 World Cup 2022 squad.
Less than 100 days are left for the global event in Australia, where the Aaron Finch-led side will step out to defend their title on their home soil. David, who has played for Singapore, is eligible to represent Australia and had spoken with Cricket Australia’s chairman of selectors, George Bailey.
Watson, who is the T20 World Cup 2022 trophy ambassador, heaped praise on David. “I hadn’t really seen much of him at all up until the IPL and seeing what he did there is something that I haven’t seen for a long time,” Watson was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“For a young guy coming in and just dominating and just hitting the ball like I haven’t really seen in the past. So you just find a way.
“It’s hard with Australia being the defending champions of the T20 World Cup. But with someone like that, the power that he has and the composure as well under pressure situations is something that’s very, very rare.”
Meanwhile, Australia limited-overs captain Finch said that David’s time would come sooner rather than later.
“I think it’s important that that time will come for Tim,” Finch said. “He’s such a valuable asset. Guys with that much power who can bowl a few overs, are good in the field, they will slot into a lot of T20 sides. So I think there’s going to be opportunities there no doubt, especially with the amount of cricket that’s going to be played over the next sort of three months until that World Cup starts.”
David batted at a strike rate of 216.28 while batting for Mumbai Indians during the recent 2022 IPL. He smashed 16 sixes and 12 boundaries in his eight outings. In a match against SunRisers Hyderabad, David single-handedly brought Mumbai Indians back into the game, playing a knock of 46 runs off just 18 balls.
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