Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have mastered the basics of cricket by playing in Test format: Dawid Malan

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World No. 1 T20I batsman Dawid Malan has said that players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle have mastered the basics of cricket by playing in Test format for a long time. The Punjab Kings star has also lauded Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan for their power-hitting skills.

England batsman Dawid Malan during the ODI series vs India (Reuters Image)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dawid Malan said that Test cricket was important for every player to learn the basics
  • Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle have played a lot of Test matches: Malan
  • Dawid Malan is the number one ranked T20I batsman in the world

World's number one ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan has said that Test cricket was important to learn the basics of the game. The England star has added that a player has nothing to fall back on if he does not have the basics right and fails in white-ball cricket.

The 33-year-old pointed out that successful T20I players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Chris Gayle have also spent a lot of time in the longest format of the game.

"The times are changing but if you look at the best T20 players in the world, you see the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle. They have all played close to 100 Test matches. They have all mastered the basic fundamentals by playing the longer format of the game for an extended period of time.

"I think sometimes the young kids who are watching or playing too much of white ball cricket do not have the basics right; if things don’t go their way they don’t have anything to fall back on. Test cricket is the fundamental (form). The mindset has changed now. Obviously there is more glamour, more finance, less time away from home, less time on the feet. You can see that trend. If you don’t have the fundamentals right, you have nothing to fall back on if you fail in T20 cricket," Dawid Malan told Hindustan Times in an interview.

Dawid Malan lauds Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan

Further, Dawid Malan has heaped rich praises on Mumbai Indians stars Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. Notably, the two of them made their debuts in the T20I series against England.

Malan admitted that he was mighty impressed by the power-hitting of the Surayakumar and Ishan, adding that their performance was a proof of how big a role IPL plays in the development of a player.

"I really enjoyed watching SKY (Suryakumar Yadav) bat. The way he came out in the T20s. And the other leftie Ishan Kishan. Their ball striking ability was phenomenal, they came out without any fear. Didn’t enjoy them scoring that many runs against us and winning the games. They are examples of how big IPL is in the development of the players. You get to play bowlers like Jofra Archer regularly," Dawid Malan said.

Dawid Malan was acquired by Punjab Kings at his base price of Rs 1.5 crore in IPL 2021 mini-auction.