IPL 2021 Auctions – Dawid Malan: England batsman Dawid Malan will be a hot property at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auctions and his masterstroke has made it possible for him to become the richest IPL player. The World No.1 T20 batsman has listed his base price at Rs 1.5 crore instead of Rs 2 crore – the highest a player base price can be. With this, he has made it possible to splurge money to get his service. But which team will buy him?
IPL 2021 auctions: 3 teams who can buy 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: Dawid Malan’s Big Bash League Performance
The English batsman played 10 matches, scoring 265 runs at an average of 26.25 and strike rate of 113.73. Playing for Hobart Hurricanes, his highest score was 75.
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
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.
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.
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)
IPL 2021 Auctions: World No.1 T20 player Dawid Malan’s masterstroke before IPL auction can make him the richest IPL player