IPL connection has Jayawardena keeping close eye on Tim David


Mahela Jayawardena saw Tim David up close and personal during a recent stint in the IPL, with the Mumbai Indians and Sri Lanka great having high hopes for the budding Australia all-rounder.

Jayawardena and Mumbai obviously saw enough in those domestic tournaments as they splashed Rs 8.25 crore on the tall all-rounder just to ensure he was in their side at the IPL this year.

Of the 86 deliveries David faced for Mumbai, 16 were hit for sixes, and that kind of form meant Australia selectors had almost no choice but to include him in their squad for the series against India and the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup.

Jayawardena believes David is well placed to have a similar impact at international level for Australia and is tipping him to thrive over the coming months.

“I think he is going to have free range (to score freely) and the good thing is that there are no expectations on him,” said Jayawardena. “Personally, I think that’s a great space to be in.

“Australia have a very, very good line-up and Tim is going to bring that little bit of x-factor if they want to use that at the No.6 role, where they need a big and explosive hitter. So, brilliant for Australia to fall back on someone like that, having those options.”

Jayawardena said David took the disappointment of his omission well and the fact that he moved on so quickly after the bad news is a good trait to have as a player.

“The game is very simple to him,” Jayawardena noted. “Two to three years ago, he was just a club cricketer, playing club cricket, playing league cricket in England. And then all of a sudden through franchise cricket, he has come to life.”

“Going into the World Cup, he is not going to think too much, he is just going to go and seize his opportunity and see what he can do.”

Jayawardena expects David to be able to cope well to the pressures of high-class international cricket, provided he maintains his simplistic approach to the game.

“The biggest thing is that he doesn’t put himself under pressure representing Australia for the first time in a World Cup. So, as long as that doesn’t affect him, he will be fine.”