England cricketer Dawid Malan will be a late debutant at the IPL 2021. Yet, his giant reputation in the shortest format of the game- he is, after all, the ICC’s number one ranked T20 batsman in the world– means the expectations are high.
33-year-old has achieved a mind-boggling T20I average of 50.15 and a strike rate of 144.31 since making his international debut four years ago.
Malan speaks about juggling his Test ambitions with his T20 prowess, the learnings that he will take from the IPL to the T20 World Cup and his game plan for the league.
First and foremost you have to be good enough to be picked in this tournament.
When you don’t play regular international tournaments, it’s tough to break in especially with not a lot of English head coaches in the IPL.
That’s why you see a lot of Australians play in general, because there are so many Australian coaches.
Secondly, my primary aim has been to play Test cricket for England and keep doing that.
But playing Test cricket for England means you don’t put your name in the IPL because you have to play the first six to eight four-day games of the year which is at the same time as the IPL. That played a massive factor.
I think sometimes the young kids who are watching or playing too much of white ball cricket do not have the basics right; if things don’t go their way they don’t have anything to fall back on.
Test cricket is the fundamental (form). The mindset has changed now. Obviously there is more glamour, more finance, less time away from home, less time on the feet.
You can see that trend. If you don’t have the fundamentals right, you have nothing to fall back on if you fail in T20 cricket.
People may think you are world No. 1, you can score a century off 40 balls every time you bat, which is not the way the game works.
People who criticise don’t really realise T20 cricket is not only about putting your foot down and slogging the ball. There are partnerships, there are ways of building the innings.
You have to put your ego aside and play for the team. People often forget that the only time I don’t open the innings is when I play for England. The No.
3 spot was the only spot that was available. I have opened in domestic competitions too. Gradually I have found myself batting at No.
4 and even 5 for England. Not that I prefer to bat there but I am happy to bat at whichever position the team needs me to bat at.
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