Can Malan win England the T20 World Cup: An analytical dive!
Dawid Malan (Source: AP Newsroom)
The T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia is all set to begin next week. Many consider England one of the prime contenders for the title despite some major concerns within the team.
The biggest concern for the team is the injury of Jonny Bairstow. His absence from the tournament has led the English think tank to put some thought into the lack of stability at the top order. Yes, they have Alex Hales as a backup, but his lack of game time in the international arena in the last three years might cause them trouble.
In this scenario, the responsibility of the batting order on Dawid Malan increases. Malan, as a batter, is known to be a steady starter, and as his innings progresses, he gains pace. So, he will provide solidity, dynamism, and flexibility to the English middle order.
Dawid Malan record at number 3
Dawid Malan will be seen batting at number three in the tournament. His record in the position has been impeccable till now.
As is clear from the stats, he scored runs consistently at the number and that at a good rate. So, he becomes very critical in the current English batting set-up as he will have to be the sheet anchor for his team around whom the whole batting effort revolves.
Recent T20 form of Malan
Dawid Malan's record in 2022
In 2022 Malan is having a great time. He has scored an average of over 35 at a strike rate of over 140. This makes him even more valuable to the team.
How effective will be Malan in Australia?
Dawid Malan record in Australia
As a top-order batter, Malan will have to face the fast bowlers of the opposing teams on the pacy and bouncy tracks of Australia early in the innings. However, his previous record in the country might give us an idea of what to expect from him during the tournament.
Though he has played very little till now in Australia, he has been impressive so far. Hence, England will look forward to Malan performing to his best during the mega tournament providing the base for the middle order and lower middle order batters.