Tim David Becomes First-Ever Singapore Team Player To Take Part In IPL

Singapore-born cricketer Tim David has gained global attention for his potent batting skills. Starting in Singapore, he has now found a new home in Australia, proudly donning the country's signature yellow colours. This article explores Tim's remarkable journey from Singapore to Australia.

The Beginning of a Promising Career

Tim was born in Singapore to Australian parents in March 1996. At age two, he moved to Australia, spending his initial years in Perth.

In 2017, two years before his debut on the international stage for his birth country. Tim David was signed by the Perth Scorchers, a franchise in Australia's Big Bash League (BBL). His first BBL experience was average. He scored only 109 runs in 12 appearances.

Tim represented Singapore for the first time in July 2019 during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup Asia Region Final against Qatar. He left quite an impression, scoring 38 runs from 29 balls in his debut match.

Tim has represented Singapore in 14 matches throughout his career. He has made 558 runs at an impressive average of 46.50. This includes four half-centuries.

A Game-Changing Move

The year 2020 marked a significant turning point in his career when he joined the Hobart Hurricanes. His debut saw him score a rapid 58 runs from 33 balls. Tim continued to impress throughout the season, scoring 279 runs in 14 games, including a half-century, with a strike rate of 153.29.

The successful stint with Hobart opened doors for Tim, attracting contracts worldwide.

Showcasing Talent Across the Globe

In 2021, Pakistan's Lahore Qalandars signed him as a replacement for Joe Burns. Capitalising on the opportunity, Tim impressed Asian audiences by scoring 180 runs in six matches, with a top score of 64*.

Tim joined England's Surrey County Cricket Club after his stint in Pakistan. He amassed 340 runs in ten matches in the One Day Cup, including two centuries and a half-century.

Tim was also signed by Southern Brave for The Hundred and by Saint Lucia Kings in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). David was the third-highest scorer in the CPL. He scored 282 runs at an average of 35.25, with a top score of 56. 

Continued Success and Endless Opportunities

In the 2021 BBL season with Hobart, Tim scored 218 runs in 15 games, with a top score of 46*. That year, he also joined the ranks of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, although he only managed to score one run in a single match.

The following year, Tim was signed by Multan Sultans and had an impressive tournament, scoring 278 runs in 11 innings with a top score of 71.

In February last year, Tim was signed by the Mumbai Indians for a whopping A$1.53 million. In the season, he notched up 186 runs in eight innings, with a top score of 46. His strike rate of 216.28 was the highest by any player, with at least fifty balls faced in a single season.

David's persistent efforts in global T20 leagues paid off when he was picked for the Australian team's tour of India and the T20 World Cup. After representing Singapore in 14 matches and scoring 558 runs with an average of 46.50, including four half-centuries, he concluded his career with Singapore.

Following his impressive performance in the 2022 IPL, the renowned English county team Lancashire recruited him for the 2022 season. He had a great run with Lancashire, amassing 405 runs in 17 games. His average score was 28.92, which included two scores of fifty or more, with his highest score being 66. He maintained a solid strike rate of approximately 174.

Tim's journey in cricket has been nothing short of extraordinary. From his humble beginnings in Singapore to his meteoric rise in Australia, he continues to inspire and astonish cricket fans worldwide.