Singapore-born Tim David got his first call-up in Australia for their three-match T20I series in India, while the Aaron Finch-led team are looking to cash in on his stellar finishing abilities as they defend their T20 World Cup title at home starting next month. David, 26, made his T20I debut for Singapore in 2019, playing 14 games and scoring 558 runs with a strike rate of 158.52. He also impressed in patches for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2022. Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden hailed him as a “huge X-Factor” and said he has “killer instincts” in “hopes and boundaries”.
“Absolutely, I think he’s a huge X-factor. He’s a big, powerful young guy who has a power play,” Hayden said in a press conference in response to an NDTV question.
“The challenge for him will be to show it for the team in yellow and green. Once you get on that international podium, it’s a whole different ball game. You have to have that solid foundation behind you. But X factor, yes 100 percent agree,” he continued.
“If you look at the Australian team, that X factor is missing at the moment to be honest. Form of Aaron Finch is questionable, you have some other big names who are also X factors, like Maxwell, he can play both orthodox. ” and unorthodox shots. Tim David, there’s nothing like power in T20 cricket,” said the legendary batter.
Hayden made a comparison with West Indian legend Chris Gayle and said David has that killer instinct.
“If you look at the Australian team, that X factor is missing at the moment to be honest. Form of Aaron Finch is questionable, you have some other big names who are also X factors, like Maxwell, he can play both orthodox. ” and unorthodox shots. Tim David, there’s nothing like power in T20 cricket,” he said.
“For example, someone like Chris Gayle, in the shorter versions of the game, was so dynamic and powerful. He would embarrass bowlers and that’s what you need, that killer instinct. Tim David has that in abundance,” he said. . .
Hayden went on to say it would be challenging for Tim David to handle the Indian conditions and even had some advice for the right-handed batter.
“It remains to be seen how he reacts and especially in India where that would put extra pressure on him. And another factor too, Australian cricketers have been trying almost too hard for a number of years to play well against India. Not you need have, Tim David doesn’t have to,” he said.
“If he just sits back, relaxes, he can take the game from anyone with his strength. 20 overs is like that, you have to have different skills to fit into different phases of the match,” he concluded.
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