IPL 2021 Players Auction: Dawid Malan once again proves why he will be the biggest target for franchises

IPL 2021 Players Auction – Dawid Malan: English batsman Dawid Malan will be a hot target at the Indian Premier League 2021 auctions and the World No.1 batsman proved why so. On Saturday, he clobbered 75 in 56 balls to help Hobart Hurricanes beat Melbourne Stars in a Big Bash League fixture. Interestingly, it was his first fifty of the season. The highlight of his quickfire innings was a six which a fan caught in his beer.

The 33-year-old will be on every teams’ radar and might even become the most expensive player, currently held by Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) Pat Cummins. And it is rightly so. Malan on Wednesday created history by attaining the highest-ever rating points for batsmen in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings.

BCCI is reportedly planning to hold a mega auction before the start of IPL 2021 season in April-May and it will see the franchises going all-in to revamp their respective sides.

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IPL 2021: Who are the 5 most expensive foreign players in IPL?

Besides Pat Cummins, Rajasthan Royals’ Ben Stokes (Rs 14.5cr, Kings XI Punjab’s Glenn Maxwell (Rs 10.5 cr), Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Chris Morris (Rs 10 cr), and Sheldon Cottrell (Rs 8.5 cr) in that order are amongst the most expensive foreign payers. But given Malan’s devastating batting skills, he can be the new No.1 in this list.

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He is a late bloomer in the international circuit and his sheer volume of runs in the shortest format speak for himself. The left-handed batsman has smashed 855 runs in just 19 T20I games at a whopping average of 53.44 and superb strike rate of 149.48.

Malan is often compared to Virat Kohli for his exceptional batting prowess. Furthermore, the fact that he is a left-handed and bats at number three, makes him one of the most sought after players in T20 cricket. All these skillsets make him an exceptional player and would be a big addition to sides those are looking for a big revamp.

Player Price
Pat Cummins (KKR) Rs 15.5 cr
Ben Stokes (RPS) Rs 14.5 cr
Glenn Maxwell (KXIP) Rs 10.5 cr
Chris Morris (RCB) Rs 10 cr
Sheldon Cottrell (KXIP) Rs 8.5cr

 

IPL 2021 Auction: 3 teams which will keep a close watch on Dawid Malan

With an opportunity to start from fresh, teams will certainly keep Malan in mind during the IPL 2021 Auctions.  However, there would be three teams who would be keeping a very close watch on his performance especially at the Big Bash League.

The English batsman will be playing BBL 2020-21 for Hobart Hurricanes who will play the opening game on December 10. Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) who have faced a serious problem due to lack of No.3  batsman will want Malan in their squad.

IPL 2021 Auction: The rapid rise of Dawid Malan in T20Is

A flamboyant left-handed batsman, Malan joined Middlesex in 2006 as a 20-year-old and went on to become one of their lead performers in county cricket. He went on to play for Middlesex until 2019, even captaining them in 2018 in all three formats, before switching to Yorkshire.

Notably, Malan remains one of Middlesex’s top scorers in the Twenty20 Cup with 3227 runs in 127 games.

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Lesser known facts about Dawid Malan:

– Born in London, Malan grew up in South Africa.
– His father and brother have played first-class cricket.
– He made his first-class debut at the age of 18 for Boland, before being picked by Middlesex.
– Sporting heroes: Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis and Mark Boucher