World Number 1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan has been identified as a possible replacement for Suresh Raina by CSK. Impressive performances in the England vs Australia T20I series has earned Malan the top spot in T20 rankings. Suresh Raina, who had travelled with the squad to UAE had later decided to skip the IPL and returned home citing ‘personal reasons’, which was later found out to be a gruesome attack on his relatives which took away the life of his uncle and cousin died.
Also, Raina stated there is still a slight chance that he could get back with the squad to play in the IPL. There is no official statement by CSK for Raina’s replacement but Dawid Malan has been highly linked to the Chennai based team.
Rumors suggest David Malan is been looked as a replacement for Raina by the CSK management
An inside source of CSK has revealed that the management is very impressed by England’s star batsman David Malan and is considering him as a replacement for Suresh Raina. However, nothing is still official and a final call remains if they really need a replacement.
“These are just discussions, nothing has been finalized as such. Malan is a very accomplished T20 player. He is also a left-hander like Raina. But team management hasn’t taken any final call on whether to call for Raina’s replacement or not’,” an anonymous CSK team source was quoted by Times Now news.
David Malan also wanted in the Big Bash League
The 33-year-old batsman had earlier revealed he has had contacts with one of the BBL clubs and he hopes that the deal finalises. With CSK there may be other IPL teams who would like to rope in the in-form England batsman.
“There has been some contact with one of the clubs. That’s still ongoing at the moment so hopefully we can finish and finalise that soon and hopefully that can get announced. I don’t know if I’m allowed yet [to say which club], so I’ll sit on the fence with that one.” Dawid Malan had told ESPNCricinfo
Southpaw, Malan has ascended four places in the rankings after his stupendous performances in the England-Australia series sealed a 2-1 win for the hosts. He finished as the highest run-scorer in the series with 129 runs in 3 matches. Dawid Malan made his T20 debut for England in 2017 against South Africa hitting a stellar knock of 78 runs off 44 balls.