September 25, 2022
“Bit of X-factor”: Mahela Jayawardene’s big praise for Australia’s new big-hitter


All eyes are on Tim David, who is gearing up for his maiden series against Australia in the three-match T20 International, starting in India on Tuesday. The Aaron Finch-led side will be looking to capitalize on their scintillating finishing abilities while defending their T20 World Cup title at home from next month. David, 26, made his T20I debut for Singapore in 2019 and played 14 matches, scoring 558 runs at a strike rate of 158.52. He also impressed in the patch for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2022.

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, who has been watching David closely at Mumbai Indians, praised the batsman.

“I think he will have free range (to score independently) and the good thing is there is no expectation from him,” Jayawardene told in ICC review,

“Personally, I think it’s a great place. Australia have a very, very good line-up and Tim is going to bring in that little X-factor if they want to use it in the No. 6 role. What they need is a big hitter and an explosive hitter. So, great for Australia to come back to someone who has those options.”

Recently, former Australia opener Matthew Hayden hailed him as a “massive X-factor” and said that he has “killer instincts” in “heaps and bounds”.

“Absolutely, I think he’s a massive X-factor. He’s a big, powerful young fellow who has a power game,” Hayden said at a press conference while answering a question from NDTV.

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“The challenge for them will be to show it in yellow and green for the team. Once you get to that international level, it’s a completely different ball game. You need to have that solid foundation behind you. But the X-factor, yes 100 percent agree,” he continued.

“If you look at the Aussies, the X-factor is missing at the moment to be honest. Aaron Finch’s form is questionable, you have some other great names who have the X-factor like Maxwell, he can play both conservatives And unconventional shots. Tim David, in T20 cricket there is nothing greater than strength,” said the legendary batsman.

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