Australian vice-captain Pat Cummins showed excitement over the much-anticipated international debut of power hitter Tim David in T20I series against India starting from 20th September.
“We are here in Mohali, we just had our first training session as a team out there on the oval. Really good session, Great to see the new face, on his first ever Aussie tour — Tim David around. He hit a lot of long balls. I can’t wait to see him in action,” Cummins said.
During the last two years playing for the different franchises all over the world, David has scored 1,874 runs in 86 T20 matches at a unbelievable strike rate of 168.40. His strike rate shoots up to an impressive 204.80 during death overs between 16-20. He debuted for Mumbai Indians in last IPL season and accumulated 186 runs. His strike rate of 216.28 was the highest amongst any player who faced at least fifty balls in a single season.
“He goes about it slightly differently, so look forward to it. He has been right up there with the best in the world, batting in the middle-order of T20 cricket is a really tough spot to bat. “You see most run-scorers are opening the batting or batting in the top-order (in T20s).It is hard to be consistent when there are spin bowlers bowling and he has been fantastic. If he gets his chance, hopefully he can continue doing what he has been doing in the domesticT20 league.”
He is also thrilled about playing in full packed stadium in India first time since COVID. He said ,“Great to be back in India for the first time since covid. Can’t wait to see all the fans. They are always crazy over here. Hopefully, some packed stadiums here, It’s always a lot of fun. You feel like a billion people are watching, so I can’t wait for it.”
The pacer also expects Virat Kohli to perform well in this series after his recent return to form in the Asia Cup. “I saw Virat Kohli, he scored a hundred, yeah he’s a class player, he was always going to return to form at some point in time. He’s going to be a challenge this next week,” Cummins said.