Dawid Malan is the No.1-ranked batsman in the ICC T20I rankings.© AFP
England batsman Dawid Malan has admitted that being number one in the shortest format of the game doesn’t guarantee a spot in the team given the strength of options available to skipper Eoin Morgan and the selectors. The left-handed batsman attained the number one spot last summer on the back of a spectacular consistent run in the T20 format. Malan feels higher rank puts more pressure on the cricketer and that’s something he is trying not to look at right now.
“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,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Malan as saying.
“But the higher your rankings in anything, the more you are looked to and the more pressure that 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,” the 33-year-old cricketer added.
The top-order batsman’s aim is to score as many runs as to put pressure on the players who have a spot in the England team.
“I can only do what I can do. I can’t control selection. All I can do is put in the work in the nets and, if I get the opportunity to play, keep scoring as many runs as I can to put pressure on the guys that have the spots,” Malan said.
“Every opportunity is gold when you are trying to break into this team. I can only do what I can control and if that’s good enough at the end of the day, then I hope it is good enough,” he signed off.
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