The experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in India came in handy as Tim David, who played 14 T20Ifor Singapore, made his debut for Australia in the first T20I of the three-match series against India at Mohali on Tuesday.
Because of his familiarity with the Indian conditions and having played against most of the Indian players in the IPL, David did not feel much pressure as he along with wicketkeeper Matthew Wade guided Australia to a four-wicket win against India at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
David struck a 14 -ball 18, hitting one four and one six, and raised 62 runs for the sixth wicket partnership with Wade (45 off 21 balls) as they guided Australia to the verge of victory.
That experience of playing in India with and against the players that are part of the Indian team was the reason why David was quite calm and composed as he went about helping Wade guide Australia home.
“I definitely have the experience of playing in India before and played a fair bit of T20 cricket recently. I felt calm the other night because I knew we were in a good position to be able to chase those runs. The way the pitch was playing to get over the line, it still has to happen, it doesn’t happen right away. There were some brilliant performances from our batters in the chas,” said Tim David in the pre-match virtual press conference before the second T20I against India at the VCA Stadium on Friday.
He said it also helped to have Wade at the other end because they are part of the same Hurricanes team in the Big Bash League. “I have played a lot with Matty (Matthew Wade) at the Hurricanes but have not batted with him much. Anyway, he did the heavy lifting, so it was nice to be on the other end and watch him,” said the 26-year-old David.