Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) head coach Mike Hesson believes new signing Tim David can be a power player for them in the second phase of IPL 2021. The UAE leg of the tournament will commence on September 19 with Mumbai Indians locking horns with Chennai Super Kings.
David’s addition in the batting order will only strengthen RCB. They boast one of the most formidable batting line-ups in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While they have skipper Virat Kohli and the talented Devdutt Padikkal on top, the presence of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers in the middle-order makes RCB a daunting opposition to face for any bowling line-up.
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Tim David is no stranger to the T20 format! After tasting success in T20 leagues around the world, hard hitting batsman & a handy bowler – Tim David – replaces Finn Allen at RCB for the remainder of the season.#PlayBold #IPL2021 #NowAChallenger pic.twitter.com/d2KlnbnWtX
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Mike Hesson believes David is a power player and can be a direct replacement for the likes of AB De Villiers and Glenn Maxwell in the squad when required.
“With Finn Allen leaving, we have decided to strengthen our middle-order possibilities, in terms of options, so Tim David has joined our squad. He is currently part of the Southern Brave [at the Hundred], he has been performing for Surrey and also Hobart Hurricanes in recent times – a power player. He could become a direct swap for either [Glenn] Maxwell or AB de Villiers if required, also gives us other options throughout the order,” said Hesson.
Tim David has so far scored 558 runs in 15 T20Is at an impressive strike rate of 158.42. He also has 1186 runs to his name in 50 T20 matches at 155.84 including six half-centuries.
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