Things you should know about David Willey: Unknown David Willey facts, David Willey IPL 2018 Campaign
David Willey is perhaps the most talked about cricketer in last 24 hours after being announced as the new signing for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). It looked like we may not see the brilliance of David Willey at the IPL 2018 after Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils all passed on the opportunity to sign the explosive all-rounder, however, David Willey IPL 2018 career is finally off and running at the 4th attempt as CSK have brought Willey in as the Kedar Jadhav replacement for this season. Jadhav tore his hamstring in the win over Mumbai Indians and has been ruled out of rest of the IPL 2018 season. While David Willey has previously played in India (ICC T20 World Cup), IPL fans still do not know a lot about the left-arm pacer who can hit the ball a long distance. On that note, we take a look at the 10 things you should know about CSK’s new signing David Willey.
1). David Willey is the son of former cricket turned umpire Peter Willey
David Willey is the son of former England test and ODI cricketer Peter Willey who is also renowned as one of the most respectable umpires in the modern game. A thing about Peter Willey is always mentioned is how tough he was as a cricketer and according to the legendary stories, Peter Willey is the only man to have ever scared Ian Botham. With Peter Willey’s influence around, David Willey is certain to keep his feet grounded and focus on his playing career.
2). David Willey has played 54 international matches without making his test debut
Many have tipped David Willey to be the answer to England’s left-arm bowling crisis. We saw in the recently concluded Ashes series how far England were behind the Australian attack with certain Mitchell Starc (left arm bowler) proving to be the difference. Willey is capable of swinging the ball both ways and his inclusion in England’s bowling unit would give them variety as well as penetration. Willey has played 30 ODIs and 24 T20I matches for England so far but is yet to make his test debut.
3). Andy Balbirnie was Willey’s first International wicket
David Willey made his ODI debut back in May 2015 where his first ODI match was against Ireland. One of the quick David Willey facts and things to know about David Willey is that Irish batsman Andy Balbirnie was Willey’s first ODI and International wicket while Kiwi dasher Martin Guptill was David Willey’s first T20I wicket.
4). David Willey once scored a 40-ball century
Those who have followed David Willey’s career know that he is quite a handy batsman and in a rather surprising David Willey fact, the left-hander batsman has 2 centuries to his name in T20 cricket. One of those centuries came for his then county side Northants against Sussex in the quarter-final of 2015 Natwest T20 blast where Willey struck a hundred in just 40 balls. Willey went from his score of 50 to 100 in just 13 balls that day. Northants captain Alex Hales tips that innings as the best T20 innings he has ever seen. CSK fans must be overjoyed to know this fact about their new signing David Willey IPL 2018, who was signed as the Kedar Jadhav replacement.
5). David Willey is married to the former X-Factor contestant Carolynne Poole
While it may not be at the level of Beckham-Posh (David Beckham and Victoria Beckham) but David Willey is also living a dose of celebrated life after marrying a former X-Factor contestant Carolynne Poole. Carolynne has successfully gone on to make a career in the music industry and David Willey is often facing camera both on and off the pitch.
6). Famously Loved his visit to the Taj Mahal and DLF Golf Club in Delhi
While his time in India with England’s T20 World Cup squad, Willey loved his time visiting The Taj Mahal, famously known as one of the Wonders of the World. Willey, an avid Golfer then tried his hands at Gold at DLF Golf and Country club but it was not his day as he kept missing his mark and losing the ball in the woods, however, Willey claimed that it is one of the best courses he has ever played on.
7). Once scored 34 runs in a single over of Nathan Lyon
This has to be the best-known fact about David Willey (England) where playing against the Australian Prime Minister XI, the left-hander smashed 34 runs in an over of Nathan Lyon where the scorecard had read 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 4. Willey was obviously disappointed to not have hit the 6th six of the over but claims it was a special moment for him and something he would always cherish.
8). Was dismissed for a Golden Duck in his first ODI game
Not many are aware of this fact about David Willey but Willey was dismissed for a duck on his first ever ODI game for his county side Northants, Willey was dismissed for a first-ball duck against Sussex and the all-rounder was heavily criticised, not for getting out but for his poor shot selection.
9). Chennai Super Kings will be Willey’s 4th Club side
Before Chennai Super Kings in IPL David Willey has previously played for Northants, Yorkshire and recently Perth Scorchers in the club cricket. CSK will be his 4th side where David Willey IPL 2018 would hope to impress in the IPL and gain a regular spot in IPL cricket.
10). Willey has a hat-trick to his name in a T20 game
In a rain-shortened Friends Life Twenty20 Final against Surrey, David Willey led Northamptonshire to a 102-run victory where he first scored 60 runs with the bat and then later came on to clean the tail and complete a hat-trick.