18 Feb 2021: IPL 2021 Auction: England's Dawid Malan to represent Punjab Kings
England batsman Dawid Malan has secured a deal in the Indian Premier League 2021 Auction.
Interestingly, the number one ICC T20I batsman hasn't made his debut in India's cash-rich league yet.
The 33-year-old had set his base price at Rs. 1.5 crore ahead of the auction.
He has been bought by the Punjab Kings for Rs. 1.5 crore.
Here is more.
Career: A look at Malan's T20 career
In a career spanning over four years, Malan has aggregated 855 runs from 19 T20Is at an incredible average of 53.43.
The amazing tally includes one century and 9 fifties.
He has an astonishing strike-rate of 149.47 in the format, and smashed 30 sixes so far.
Overall, Malan owns 6,117 runs at an average of 33.24 in T20 cricket, including five tons.
Fact: Best T20I average (19 or more matches)
At present, Dawid Malan has the best average (53.43) in T20Is among players with 19 or more matches. He holds the top spot in the ICC T20I Rankings for batsmen with 915 rating points. This is 99 more than the next-best KL Rahul (816).
Malan: Malan is known for his consistency
Although Malan had an ordinary season in the Big Bash League 2020/21 (265 runs at 26.50), his abilities can't be undermined.
The powerful top-order batsman carries the propensity to win the match single-handedly with his penchant for scoring consistently.
Since he has mostly played outside the sub-continent, it will be interesting to see how he deals with the spinners in impending IPL edition.