Punjab Kings has bought English batsman Dawid Malan at his base price of 1.5 crores. Dawid Malan came to the auction with a reputation, but it was surprising to see only a single team bidding for him. Punjab Kings were the only team bidding for the Englishman, and they got their man without any fuss.
It could prove to be the steal of the season as Dawid Malan has earned himself a reputation as a T20 specialist batsman. He travels all around the world to participate in the T20 leagues. He also is the number one ranked T20 batsman in the world in the ICC rankings.
It would be the first IPL stint for the English batsman as he has never played in the IPL. Dawid Malan has scored 855 runs in his T20I career at an average of over 53. He also has scored those runs at a brisk strike-rate of 53.44. If we talk about his T20 career, Malan has vast experience of playing 223 T20 games. Dawid Malan has amassed 6617 runs in 223 games averaging 33.24 at a strike-rate of 128.61.
Dawid Malan in the Big Bash League 2020-21
Malan represented Hobart Hurricanes in the recently concluded Big Bash League. The English batsman has had a decent season with 265 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 113.73. While the numbers might not seem reasonable as per Malan’s standards, he provided the ‘men in purple’ a much-needed solidity in the middle-order, playing at the number 4 most of the time.
What does Dawid Malan bring to Punjab Kings?
In Dawid Malan, Punjab Kings have signed a premium T20 batsman. Malan is a top-order batsman who could open or bat at the number 3 and 4. While Punjab Kings have their opening combination set in KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, Dawid Malan could play at the number 3. If the Kings decide to play Chris Gayle, then they have a premium back-up in Malan on the bench. Also, at this age, Gayle is unlikely to play every match of the season. Dawid Malan also likes to play on the wickets with pace & bounce, and Mohali would suit his batting style.