England T20 juggernaut Dawid Malan was not in the best form in his most recent outing against India. The number one ranked T20I batsman arrived at the sub-continent with a massive reputation as he reached the summit in September and continued his exploits in the shortest format. With Dawid Malan set to participate in IPL 2021, he talked about its context leading to the T20 World Cup in India.
Dawid Malan’s performances in the recent T20 series against India has put his place slightly under scrutiny since there are several places up for grabs in England’s white-ball setup ahead of the World Cup. The 33-year old managed only one half-century in five T20Is, accumulating 148 runs at 37, keeping a decent strike rate of 120.33. Malan has a reputation of beginning slowly that sometimes puts pressure on his partner; however, he goes on to explode and becomes unstoppable later.
But with Dawid Malan grabbing a deal in IPL 2021 with the Punjab Kings, he has an opportunity to tell the selectors he belongs to England’s World T20 squad later this year in India. The Middlesex batsman averages a daunting 50.15 in 24 T20Is with a century and will hope to bring his A-game for the Punjab Kings to help them win their maiden title. Malan will most likely be in the starting XI and bat in the middle-order.
English players realize that IPL 2021 will be an important learning curve: Dawid Malan
Dawid Malan understands that IPL 2021 would be a massive learning curve for England and recalled captain Eoin Morgan iterating the same. The 33-year old believes that the marquee T20 league allows them to work with some Indian stalwarts and improve on specific things ahead of the World Cup in India. Malan reflected on India youngsters’ debut against England recently and believes that one should be open to learning no matter the age and wants to use this opportunity to his full advantage..
“All the English players who are here realise that this will be an important learning curve. Eoin Morgan spoke about that before we departed for the series against India. We have players who have not played much cricket in India, though they have played in other countries. It (IPL) gives you the opportunity to work with the Indian legends, to improve on certain things, to pick up a few things if you do manage to find a place in the squad for the World Cup. It showed in the way the Indian guys who played in IPL and then made their debut against us. That’s the same for us whether we are 34 or 35, you should be open to learning. Any opportunity to play in these conditions will keep us in good stead at the World Cup,” Malan told Hindustan Times.