Teams Played For
England, Middlesex, Dhaka Dynamites, England Lions, Peshawar Zalmi, Barisal Bulls, South, Nelson Mandela Bay Stars, Khulna Titans, Cape Town Blitz, Sindhis, Qalandars, Cumilla Warriors
Born in Roehampton in London but raised in South Africa, Dawid Malan is one of those late bloomers in international cricket who has realized his dream of playing for England at a rather late age. Having made his first-class debut for Boland in the 2005-06 season Boland, it was Malan’s consistent run in the English T20 Championship which paved way for his international debut against South Africa in 2017 and he responded with a breathtaking 78 of 44 deliveries.
He smashed a sensational maiden century against Northamptonshire but it was the T20 knock of 103 of 51 against Lancashire which helped him make himself a permanent member in the England Performance Squad in November 2008. He was in his early 20’s and the then skipper described the knock as the best he has ever seen from a 20-year-old batsman.
Having plied his trade for Middlesex in the County Championship, Malan has been a prolific run-scorer for them despite averaging in the late ’30s in first-class cricket. He has been around the circuit for a long time and his experience has helped Middlesex perform admirably. Malan despite being in the set-up for a long time hasn’t quite impressed on a consistent basis in the first-class circuit. It was only in 2014 that he managed to average more than 40 in a first-class season.
In his debut T20I that Malan announced the world of his hard-hitting abilities and was awarded Man of the Match for his outrageous knock of 78 of 44. England’s struggle in the middle order meant that Malan managed to break into the middle order for the Tests against South Africa. However, his Test returns have been pretty ordinary. However, he has emerged as the top ranked T20I batsman and will look to hold onto his position.
Malan did perform admirably during the 2017-18 Ashes when England was drubbed 4-0. He smashed his maiden Test ton at the WACA and also scored half-centuries on three other occasions. However, his hard-hitting abilities make him more suitable for T20’s and his record in the format speaks for it.