The clash between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore marked
a historic occasion as Tim David became the first ever cricketer to play an IPL match before his national team got Test or ODI status.
The 25-year-old hails from Singapore and has played domestic cricket in
Australia, England and Pakistan. He took Kyle Jamieson’s spot in the playing XI
and had a disappointing debut. He managed to make one run in three balls and
was caught by Suresh Raina on Deepak Chahar’s delivery.
Before Tim’s debut RCB skipper Virat Kohli was full of praise for the
new addition and said “He
is a power player in the lower middle order who plays spin well and he is a
strong lad. He can hit some big ones and probably hit big ones and get us some
extra runs down the order,”
He was brought in as a replacement for New Zealand youngster Finn Allen
ahead of the second leg of IPL 2021 for Rs 20 lakh. His father, Rob David was
also a Singaporean cricketer and included in the Singapore squad for the 1997
He has played in 14 T20 International matches and recorded 558 runs at a
strike rate of 158. He has represented Hobart Hurricanes and Perth Scorchers in
the Big Bash League and scored two hundred in the Royal London Cup for Surrey.
He had an impressive campaign in the Caribbean Premier League where he
finished as the third-highest run scorer. Tim scored 282 runs with a strike
rate of over 146. If he manages to find his feet in the IPL then he could be a
superb addition to an explosive batting line-up.
RCB made an impressive start to the IPL campaign but have lost three of
their last four games and need to regain their form. The team are hoping to win
the franchise’s first IPL trophy in Kohli’s last season as captain.