England’s David Malan, the world’s number-1 batsman in T20 ranking, has said that the ICC T20 rankings are of little importance to him and this does not guarantee his selection in the team. He also said that this creates pressure.
Cricket website ‘Cricinfo’ quoted Malan on Thursday as saying, “This is something that I will enjoy after retirement.” But this is not what I am thinking about right now. It does not guarantee to score runs nor does it guarantee your place in the team. After retirement, I will see it (T20 ranking) as my memories.
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He said, ‘.. but due to high ranking, you also have pressure. And I want it not to affect me, whether I remain number-1 or 20 or 100 in the world ranking. ‘
Malan, who grew up in South Africa, made his T20 cricket debut in June 2017. He has since scored 682 runs at an average of 48.71. He recently slipped Pakistan’s Babar Azam to the No.1 position in the T20 rankings.