England batsman Dawid Malan, who is set to play the T20I series against South Africa, believes that being the number one T20I batsman adds pressure on him while also doesn’t guarantee him the spot in the playing XI.
Dawid Malan is currently leading the T20I batsman ranking with 877 points followed by Babar Azam and Aaron Finch at number two and three respectively.
While speaking to ESPNCricinfo, the left-hand batsman said that he would cherish the memory of having topped the charts once he retires while currently, he doesn’t want to focus on it.
“It is something I will probably enjoy more when I have retired. It is not something I am really looking at right now. It doesn’t guarantee runs, it doesn’t guarantee you a spot in the team. It’s something that, the day I retire, I will look back on it with fond memories,” Dawid Malan was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
Dawid Malan added that the higher ranking might militate the batsman’s performance because more eyes are on him. Thus, he wants to forget the burden of any ranking and wants to only focus on his opportunity.
“But the higher your rankings in anything, the more you are looked to and the more pressure there is on you. That’s something I am trying to not let affect me, by not worrying where I am in terms of No. 1, or 20, or 100 in the world,” he further added.
Limited opportunities in England: Dawid Malan
The batsman believes that chances in the England team are tough to find because of already of quality of players present in it. He has so far played only 16 T20I matches and scored 682 runs, including one century and seven half-centuries.
“I think everyone has to work to play for England. I don’t think it’s ever just given on a plate. If you look at the limited opportunities I’ve had since I was in the first Twenty20 squad in 2016, I’ve only played 16 games,” explained Malan.
“You obviously look back and think you probably didn’t get as much of a run, but that’s understandable because of the quality of players England have had – they won a World Cup and been absolutely fantastic,” said Dawid Malan.
The tour between England and South Africa will begin on November 27 with the T20I series followed by the ODI series set to start from four December.