England cricket team batsman Dawid Malan, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the ICC T20I batsman ranking, conceded that the top-rank does not ensure a spot in the playing XI of the team.
“It is something I will probably enjoy more when I have retired. It is not something I am really looking at right now. It doesn’t guarantee runs or a spot in the team”, Malan expressed his views on being ranked the No. 1 batsman in T20I.
The 33-year old simultaneously implied that his allotment in the team for the England vs South Africa T20 series, which commences on November 27, is not guaranteed because of his ranking.
The brilliant figures of the batsman’s T20 records absolutely justify his ranking. Malan made his T20I debut on 25th June 2017 and has so far played 16 matches amassing a total of 682 runs in the ventures. His jaw-dropping 103*, the fastest T20I century by an English player, in the knockout against New Zealand in Napier remains his best to date.
The southpaw believes that a high rank puts immense pressure on a player and has a huge impact on their performances.
“The higher your ranking in anything, the more you are looked to and the more pressure that is on you. That’s something I am trying to not let affect me by not worrying where I am, be it No 1, or 20, or 100 in the world,” he said.
He admitted that the Eoin Morgen led-team has a stock of superstar players and that one needs more than an impressive ranking to maintain their position in the team.
“I think everyone has to work hard to play for England,” Malan asserted. “I don’t think it’s ever just given on a plate. If you look at the limited opportunities I’ve had since I first made the squad, you look back and think you probably didn’t get much of a run,” he added.
England will face South Africa in the T20 series in three matches, two of which are scheduled for November 27 and November 29.