Big smile, tall height, a sense of passion unfettered by pressure, a sense of charisma yet to be fully evidenced by the world… his time is coming. His time is coming very fast. Tim David is all set to make history. Rather, Tim David has already made history.
In becoming the first ever cricketer from Singapore to play the revered IPL (Indian Premier League), the Singapore-born Australian cricketer is soon to take part in a cricketing extravaganza that’s as celebrated as it is popular.
The Indian Premier League’s famous Rajasthan Royals outfit have already confirmed the participation of Tim David in the forthcoming edition of the IPL, the one that will begin from where the 2021-bound COVID-stifled season left off, earlier in May.
At a time where, it’s still largely debated whether the Indian Premier League should have gone ahead in the first place itself, the likes of Tim David and their participation in the famous T20 franchise-based league signal that bygones be bygones. And that perhaps it makes more sense to focus on the ‘now!’
For after all, a sport embedded in the present, what’s the point, after all, in being stuck to the past?
But what’s the deal about the new guy on the block, Tim David and how come he suddenly made an entry into a version of sport that had nothing to do with him before?
Well, that’s the inherent nature of leagues like the IPL, isn’t it? That every now and again, they’ll come and unfurl a talent nobody or rather, not too many have heard of and when that happens, it’s usually known that things will get bigger and brighter!
Think Ishan Kishan. Think Jasprit Bumrah. And there are many others. It’s not that they didn’t play Ranji but it’s their talent being exposed to millions tuning into the IPL from around the world, that truly got them to the attention of the fan.
Ditto could happen for Tim David, the big-hitting right-hander, who is no more than 25-years of age.
What’s interesting, however, isn’t just the fact that when he hits the ball for the first time in the forthcoming IPL, Tim David would only become the first from Singapore to represent the IPL.
Truth is, he’s played domestic cricket for Pakistan, Australia as well as England. Talk of a global player in cricket’s globe trotting 21st century and that’s what you get!
That being said, the following is what the Hindustan Times had to say about David, who stands tall at 1.96 metres.
Since ICC has accorded T20 International status to all its 106 member nations, David has played 14 T20 Internationals with 558 runs in his kitty at a strike rate of 158 plus.
Overall, he has played 49 T20 games, factoring in his appearances in the BBL and PSL with a tally of 1171 runs at a strike rate of 155 plus.
In BBL, he has played for Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers while he had recently scored two List A hundreds in the Royal London Cup for Surrey, including a career-best 140 against Warwickshire.