World No 1 T20I batsman Dawid Malan will be making his Indian Premier League debut later this week for the KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings and the England star says that he is happy to bat at any position for the team.
Malan, who has been at the top of the rankings for a while now, says that he has played as an opener in domestic competitions in England and later got the No. 3 spot for England as that was the only available place.
“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,” Malan told Hindustan Times.
When asked what took the 33-year-old so long to make his IPL debut, Malan said that he wants to play Test cricket for England and since the start of the domestic season in England clashes with the IPL, he had not been able to participate in the cash-rich league so far.
“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 (in missing out on IPL),” he added.
You have to block out the noise, says Malan
Being the No. 1 batsman with a T20I average of 50.15 and a strike-rate of 144.31 has led to huge expectations from the star in the IPL and Malan says that it is important to block out the noise at times.
“The criticism and expectation are part of the game. We are all humans. There will be days when you will play like you haven’t picked the bat ever, and then there will be days when you hit everything out of the park.
“You have to block out the noise. You should play like you want to and not how people expect you to play.
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,” he added.